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[stey-sis, stas-is] /ˈsteɪ sɪs, ˈstæs ɪs/
noun, plural stases
[stey-seez, stas-eez] /ˈsteɪ siz, ˈstæs iz/ (Show IPA)
the state of equilibrium or inactivity caused by opposing equal forces.
Pathology. stagnation in the flow of any of the fluids of the body, as of the blood in an inflamed area or the intestinal contents proximal to an obstruction.
Origin of stasis
1735-45; < Greek stásis state of standing, equivalent to sta- (stem of histánai to make stand; see stand) + -sis -sis Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stasis
  • stasis is by no means the only way to eliminate the feedback loop.
  • Universities evolve over time and quite naturally undergo periods of rapid change, punctuated by slower growth or even stasis.
  • That's because economic growth and human welfare must trump environmental stasis and ecosystem welfare.
  • Suddenly, stasis and convention were thrown out of the window.
  • Its thoughtfulness reduces it, occasionally, to mere stasis.
  • Boards have developed in leaps punctuated by periods of stasis.
  • The idea of the cusp between chaos and stasis is such a useful idea to artists.
  • But taking a look at turnover in the management ranks and stasis on the board of directors provides a clue.
  • Furthermore, two immediate things make change a likelier outcome than stasis.
  • The results are scenes that make little sense, and a staging that is remarkable for its stasis.
British Dictionary definitions for stasis


(pathol) a stagnation in the normal flow of bodily fluids, such as the blood or urine
(literature) a state or condition in which there is no action or progress; static situation: dramatic stasis
Word Origin
C18: via New Latin from Greek: a standing, from histanai to cause to stand; related to Latin stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stasis

1745, from Medical Latin, from Greek stasis "a standing still," related to statos "placed," verbal adjective of histemi "cause to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

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stasis in Medicine

stasis sta·sis (stā'sĭs, stās'ĭs)
n. pl. sta·ses (stā'sēz, stās'ēz)
Stoppage of the normal flow of a body substance, as of blood through an artery or of intestinal contents through the bowels.

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