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[stag-ney-shuh n] /stægˈneɪ ʃən/
the state or condition of stagnating, or having stopped, as by ceasing to run or flow:
Meteorologists forecast ozone and air stagnation.
a foulness or staleness, as one emanating from a standing pool of water.
a failure to develop, progress, or advance:
periods of economic stagnation followed by bursts of growth.
the state or quality of being or feeling sluggish and dull:
Happily, they have been able to avoid stagnation in their ten-year marriage.
Origin of stagnation Unabridged
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  • There is an intensive life at a few great political or industrial centres, and wide areas where there is stagnation and decay.

    National Being (A.E.)George William Russell
  • Thus the stagnation of the lower orders could easily be understood.

  • One by one the other misguided ones of the Long Trail came dropping into camp to meet the general depression and stagnation.

  • He looked to Barbara like an undertaker who mourned the stagnation of trade.

    Cruel Barbara Allen David Christie Murray
  • Her lively chatter and ceaseless questions left her mother and Grannie small chance of stagnation.

stagnation in Medicine

stagnation stag·na·tion (stāg-nā'shən)

  1. The retardation or cessation of the flow of blood in the blood vessels, as in passive congestion.

  2. The accumulation of a normally circulating fluid in a part or an organ.

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