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  1. Also 'stat. thermostat.
  2. photostat.

Origin of stat1

First recorded in 1955–60; by shortening


  1. statistic.
  2. Usually stats. statistics.
  1. of, relating to, or containing statistics: Some sports fans memorize all the stat sheets published about a team.

Origin of stat2

shortening of statistics, statistic


adverb Medicine/Medical Informal.
  1. immediately.

Origin of stat3

From the Latin word statim


  1. (in prescriptions) immediately.

Origin of stat.1

From the Latin word statim


  1. statuary.
  2. statue.
  3. statute.


  1. a combining form used in the names of devices that stabilize or make constant what is specified by the initial element: thermostat; rheostat.

Origin of -stat

< Greek -statēs, equivalent to sta- (stem of histánai to make stand; see stand) + -tēs agent noun suffix
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abbreviation for
  1. (in prescriptions) immediately
  2. stationary
  3. statute

Word Origin

(sense 1) from Latin statim


n combining form
  1. indicating a device that causes something to remain stationary or constantthermostat

Word Origin

from Greek -statēs, from histanai to cause to stand
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Word Origin and History for stat


"instrument that keeps something stationary," before 1970, shortened form of Latin statim (adv.), originally "to a standstill," from status (see state (n.1)).


combining form used in forming the names of devices for stabilizing or regulating (thermostat, etc.), from Greek statos "standing, stationary," from histanai "to cause to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). First used in heliostat "an instrument for causing the sun to appear stationary" (1742).

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stat in Medicine


  1. With no delay.
  1. Immediate.


  1. Something that stabilizes:barostat.
  2. Something that inhibits:hemostat.
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