[ stey-sis, stas-is ]
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noun,plural sta·ses [stey-seez, stas-eez]. /ˈsteɪ siz, ˈstæs iz/.
  1. the state of equilibrium or inactivity caused by opposing equal forces.

  2. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for stasis


/ (ˈsteɪsɪs) /

  1. pathol a stagnation in the normal flow of bodily fluids, such as the blood or urine

  2. literature a state or condition in which there is no action or progress; static situation: dramatic stasis

Origin of stasis

C18: via New Latin from Greek: a standing, from histanai to cause to stand; related to Latin stāre to stand

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