WORD ORIGIN 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
to make stand; see
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 constant thermostat Word Origin for -stat
-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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suff. Something that stabilizes: barostat. Something that inhibits: hemostat.
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