Definition of allostasis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌaləˈstāsis/

Entry from US English dictionary


The process by which the body responds to stressors in order to regain homeostasis.
Example sentences
  • In most cases, the physiological effects of acute stressors are reversible owing to the amazing ability of the human organism to re-establish allostasis.
  • This concept of optimal resource allocation under limited resource availability is similar to the concept of allostasis, where limited resources are allocated in order to maintain essential homeostasis.
  • He discusses allostasis, the fight-or-flight reaction a person feels in the face of stressful situations.



Pronunciation: /-ˈstatik/
Example sentences
  • It is suggested that allostatic load, the cumulative result of physiological allocation in relation to environmental stimuli, can lead to pathological conditions when demands for resources far outstrip the resources available.
  • Body color thus suggests that acute responses are reinforced by subsequent allostatic readjustment of tonic hormone levels, particularly that of melanotropin.
  • Homeostatic second order cybernetic systems demand this of the functional apparatus; it must be allopoietic, and allostatic at the same time.
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