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

Nearby words

  1. -spore,
  2. -sporous,
  3. -st,
  4. -stan,
  5. -stasis,
  6. -ster,
  7. -stichous,
  8. -stome,
  9. -stomous,
  10. -stomy

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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Word Origin and History for -stat


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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Medicine definitions for -stat



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

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