[stey-sis, stas-is]
noun, plural stases [stey-seez, stas-eez] .
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.

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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stasis (ˈsteɪsɪs)
1.  pathol a stagnation in the normal flow of bodily fluids, such as the blood or urine
2.  literature a state or condition in which there is no action or progress; static situation: dramatic stasis
[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 & History

1745, from Medical L., from Gk. stasis "a standing still," related to statos "placed," verbal adj. of histemi "cause to stand," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
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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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Example sentences
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.
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