[stey-sis, stas-is]

noun, plural sta·ses [stey-seez, stas-eez] /ˈsteɪ siz, ˈstæs iz/.

the state of equilibrium or inactivity caused by opposing equal forces.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stasis

Contemporary Examples of stasis

  • As to the meat of these reports, what they show over the past six months is that we have entered a realm of stasis.

  • This picture might well exemplify the dislocation between old and new in the movement of the dress and the stasis of the dancer.

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    Dreaming of Paris

    Philip Gefter

    January 28, 2010

  • What was left behind in Afghanistan was a sense of stasis—a sporadic mishmash of combat and nation building.

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    Renewed Purpose in Afghanistan

    Dan Rather

    December 10, 2009

Historical Examples of stasis

  • 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



pathol a stagnation in the normal flow of bodily fluids, such as the blood or urine
literature a state or condition in which there is no action or progress; static situationdramatic stasis

Word Origin for stasis

C18: via New Latin from Greek: a standing, from histanai to cause to stand; related to Latin stāre to stand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stasis in Medicine


[stāsĭs, stăsĭs]

n. pl. sta•ses (stāsēz, stăsēz)

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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