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[stey-sis, stas-is] /ˈsteɪ sɪs, ˈstæs ɪs/
noun, plural stases
[stey-seez, stas-eez] /ˈsteɪ siz, ˈstæs iz/ (Show IPA)
the state of equilibrium or inactivity caused by opposing equal forces.
Pathology. stagnation in the flow of any of the fluids of the body, as of the blood in an inflamed area or the intestinal contents proximal to an obstruction.
Origin of stasis
1735-45; < Greek stásis state of standing, equivalent to sta- (stem of histánai to make stand; see stand) + -sis -sis Unabridged
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  • Joyce says something of the sort very differently, he is full of technical scholastic terms: "stasis, kinesis," etc.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • They found a couple of civilizations in stasis and another that was about to go that way.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • A mineral saturation that had held time and change in stasis.

    The Eternal Wall Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • There is episteme, which is connected with stasis, as mneme is with meno.

    Cratylus Plato
  • stasis of the bile must be prevented or stones will be apt to form.

    Dietetics for Nurses Fairfax T. Proudfit
  • He's just in stasis—in a state of totally suspended animation.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The completeness of the stasis field leaves no impressions on the body or mind.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for stasis


(pathol) a stagnation in the normal flow of bodily fluids, such as the blood or urine
(literature) a state or condition in which there is no action or progress; static situation: dramatic stasis
Word Origin
C18: via New Latin from Greek: a standing, from histanai to cause to stand; related to Latin stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stasis

1745, from Medical Latin, from Greek stasis "a standing still," related to statos "placed," verbal adjective of histemi "cause to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stasis in Medicine

stasis sta·sis (stā'sĭs, stās'ĭs)
n. pl. sta·ses (stā'sēz, stās'ēz)
Stoppage of the normal flow of a body substance, as of blood through an artery or of intestinal contents through the bowels.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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