nounformal or technical
1A period or state of inactivity or equilibrium.
- During such periods of stasis, most species exhibit no directional change.
- The illness gets worse and worse as time passes, and the periods of stasis last increasingly longer.
- This also explains why evolution often appears to go in spurts after periods of apparent stasis.
1.1 Medicine A stoppage of flow of a body fluid.
- Mucus stasis with acute and chronic inflammation was also noted.
- As a result, a thrombus in the left atrial appendage may develop due to the stasis of blood in the left atrium.
- Venous stasis disease most commonly occurs in patients with obesity, congestive heart failure or diabetes.
Mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek, literally 'standing, stoppage', from sta-, base of histanai 'to stand'.
Words that rhyme with stasisbasis, oasis
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