homeostasis

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Coined from Ancient Greek ὅμοιος (hómoios, similar, the same) +‎ -stasis by Walter Bradford Cannon, from Ancient Greek στάσις (stásis, standing, state).

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homeostasis (plural homeostases)

  1. (physiology) The ability of a system or living organism to adjust its internal environment to maintain a state of dynamic constancy; such as the ability of warm-blooded animals to maintain a stable temperature.
    • 2011, Professional Guide to Pathophysiology, Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins, page 1:
      When homeostasis is disrupted by an external stressor - such as injury, lack of nutrients, or invasion by parasites or other organisms - illness may occur.
  2. Such a dynamic equilibrium or balance.

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Etymology[edit]

homeo- +‎ Ancient Greek στάσις (stásis, stability)

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  • IPA(key): /omeosˈtasis/, [o.me.osˈt̪a.sis]
  • Rhymes: -asis
  • Hyphenation: ho‧me‧os‧ta‧sis

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homeostasis f (plural homeostasis)

  1. (physiology) homeostasis

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