Definition of stasis in English:

stasis

noun

technical, formal
  • 1A period or state of inactivity or equilibrium:

    ‘long periods of stasis’
    ‘creative stasis’
    • ‘I started the year in stasis and now things are moving.’
    • ‘The tension induced by this self-revulsion, at odds with his need for creative stasis, is born out of guilt.’
    • ‘It also reveals Yo La Tengo's understanding of stasis without stagnation.’
    • ‘During such periods of stasis, most species exhibit no directional change.’
    • ‘Schools were adjuncts of pupils' social backgrounds and teachers were tasked to implement a curriculum which maintained both social hierarchy and stasis.’
    • ‘This also explains why evolution often appears to go in spurts after periods of apparent stasis.’
    • ‘Blair has, it appears, accepted the reality that he can only expect limited successes in return for reverses - or at least stasis - in other areas.’
    • ‘With nothing going on but election manoeuvres, the end result is stasis, which is perhaps, as the young woman's placard suggests, what everyone wants.’
    • ‘From the late sixteenth century, stasis replaced the earlier dynamism of ideas and applications.’
    • ‘During this period of time, an almost complete stasis was observed.’
    • ‘Despite the stasis of the couples' narratives, however, a kind of catharsis seems finally to take place.’
    • ‘Most populations of organisms at any given time are in stasis or genetic equilibrium, as the fossil record indicates.’
    • ‘Above all, she has the confidence to slow the narrative tempo down almost to zero: a condition of stasis in which the moment is held, like a musical note, for as long as she wishes it.’
    • ‘The illness gets worse and worse as time passes, and the periods of stasis last increasingly longer.’
    • ‘The limitations of heterodoxy such as those I have described above go some way towards accounting for inertia and stasis.’
    • ‘The disembodied faces which we see through the darkness are recognisably human, but also immobile, as if physically caught in a state of Beckettian stasis.’
    • ‘Or to put it the other way, stasis and stagnation are signposts along the path towards cessation and death.’
    • ‘But despite the drama, there remains a strange political stasis here.’
    • ‘If they come back to us and say there is hardly any money, we would be in stasis (a state of stagnation).’
    • ‘The major feature of the fossil record is stasis, long periods in which new species do not appear.’
    inactivity, inaction, inactiveness, inertness, passivity, apathy, accidie, malaise, stagnation, dullness, enervation, sluggishness, lethargy, languor, languidness, listlessness, torpor, torpidity, idleness, indolence, laziness, sloth, slothfulness
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    1. 1.1Medicine A stoppage of flow of a body fluid.
      • ‘The singlet oxygen then causes vascular stasis followed by edema and hemorrhage.’
      • ‘Application of glycerol to the subdermis resulted in venule stasis and for prolonged treatment times, arteriole stasis.’
      • ‘As a result, a thrombus in the left atrial appendage may develop due to the stasis of blood in the left atrium.’
      • ‘Venous, or stasis, ulcers and skin condition are evaluated in section M of the MDS.’
      • ‘Mucus stasis with acute and chronic inflammation was also noted.’
      • ‘The pathogenesis probably involves a combination of biliary stasis, chemical inflammation and ischemia.’
      • ‘Venous stasis during surgical procedures is caused by several mechanisms.’
      • ‘A combination of needles and moxibustion can be used where there is both stagnation / stasis and vacuity.’
      • ‘During flight, it is important that pregnant travelers move around to avoid venous stasis and remain adequately hydrated.’
      • ‘In addition, vomiting and accompanying gastric stasis can inhibit the effectiveness of oral analgesics.’
      • ‘Abnormalities of blood flow or venous stasis normally occur after prolonged immobility or confinement to bed.’
      • ‘Venous stasis disease most commonly occurs in patients with obesity, congestive heart failure or diabetes.’
      • ‘Blood stasis is a condition in which the flow of blood in the veins has become sluggish and slow.’
      • ‘Their presence implies tubular obstruction with prolonged stasis.’
      • ‘It indicates a deficiency of blood and essence, qi stagnation, and blood stasis.’
      • ‘The resulting stasis may have contributed to the development of calciphylactic lesions in this patient.’
      • ‘The clot itself causes stasis of blood, discomfort and pain in the leg and calf and swelling at the ankles.’
      • ‘Venous stasis ulcers often are shallow with irregular borders and are surrounded by indurated, hyperpigmented skin.’
      • ‘Usually, it shows extreme heat or extreme cold and blood stasis.’
      • ‘This boosts the blood circulation, eliminating venous stasis and consequent clogging.’
      obstruction, blocking
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  • 2Civil strife.

Origin

Mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek, literally standing, stoppage, from sta- base of histanai to stand.

Pronunciation:

stasis

/ˈsteɪsɪs/