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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British Dictionary definitions for -stat


n combining form

indicating a device that causes something to remain stationary or constantthermostat

Word Origin for -stat

from Greek -statēs, from histanai to cause to stand
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Medicine definitions for -stat



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