Definition of stasis in English:


Line breaks: sta¦sis
Pronunciation: /ˈsteɪsɪs
, ˈsta-/


[mass noun] formal or • technical
  • 1A period or state of inactivity or equilibrium: long periods of stasis creative stasis
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 2Civil strife.


mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek, literally 'standing, stoppage', from sta- base of histanai 'to stand'.

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