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homeostasis Syllabification: ho·me·o·sta·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌhōmēəˈstāsəs/

Definition of homeostasis in English:

noun (plural homeostases-sēz)

The tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.
Example sentences
  • However, hormones that regulate physiological homeostasis in adults may be diluted, up to six-fold.
  • Tissue homeostasis depends not only on the rate of cell proliferation, but also on the rate of cell death.
  • These events undermine metabolic homeostasis, but may not directly lead to overt diabetes in the early stage.


1920s: modern Latin, from Greek homoios 'like' + -stasis.



Pronunciation: /-ˈstatik/
Example sentences
  • The treatment purges the body of toxins, restores the homeostatic balance and replenishes the tissues with vitality.
  • The doctor informed us that the formula containing these homeostatic nutrients was not yet available to the public, but agreed to give my husband and me some sample bottles if we would report to him our results.
  • Feedback mechanisms provide strong homeostatic pressures on the entire system, and so the levels of biochemicals in the blood tend to remain within predictable ranges in healthy individuals.

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