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[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.
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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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  • There is episteme, which is connected with stasis, as mneme is with meno.

  • He's just in stasis—in a state of totally suspended animation.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • They found a couple of civilizations in stasis and another that was about to go that way.


    Everett B. Cole

  • A mineral saturation that had held time and change in stasis.

    The Eternal Wall

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • Except for a stasis of very long duration, there is no sensation of time.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for stasis


  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 situationdramatic stasis
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Word Origin

C18: via New Latin from Greek: a standing, from histanai to cause to stand; related to Latin stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stasis


1745, from Medical Latin, from Greek stasis "a standing still," related to statos "placed," verbal adjective of histemi "cause to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stasis in Medicine


(stāsĭs, stăsĭs)
n. pl. sta•ses (stāsēz, stăsēz)
  1. Stoppage of the normal flow of a body substance, as of blood through an artery or of intestinal contents through the bowels.
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