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homostatic (comparative more homostatic, superlative most homostatic)

  1. Describing homografts which are inert when transplanted into the recipient.
    • W. P. Longmire, J. National Cancer Institute, 14, 669:
      The term homostatic graft might be applied to inert tissues such as bone and cartilage when transferred from one individual to another of the same species; and the term homovital graft might be used in reference to grafts whose cells must continue to grow and reproduce for the graft to be effective after similar transplantation.
    • H. Conway, The Bulletin of the Hong Kong Chinese Medical Assocation, 13, 43:
      These grafts persist however as homostatic grafts and are completely replaced by host tissues in time.