Definition of stasis in US English:

stasis

noun

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

    • ‘Most populations of organisms at any given time are in stasis or genetic equilibrium, as the fossil record indicates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It also reveals Yo La Tengo's understanding of stasis without stagnation.’
    • ‘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 such periods of stasis, most species exhibit no directional change.’
    • ‘I started the year in stasis and now things are moving.’
    • ‘The major feature of the fossil record is stasis, long periods in which new species do not appear.’
    • ‘Or to put it the other way, stasis and stagnation are signposts along the path towards cessation and death.’
    • ‘This also explains why evolution often appears to go in spurts after periods of apparent stasis.’
    • ‘But despite the drama, there remains a strange political stasis here.’
    • ‘Schools were adjuncts of pupils' social backgrounds and teachers were tasked to implement a curriculum which maintained both social hierarchy and stasis.’
    • ‘The illness gets worse and worse as time passes, and the periods of stasis last increasingly longer.’
    • ‘During this period of time, an almost complete stasis was observed.’
    • ‘The tension induced by this self-revulsion, at odds with his need for creative stasis, is born out of guilt.’
    • ‘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 disembodied faces which we see through the darkness are recognisably human, but also immobile, as if physically caught in a state of Beckettian stasis.’
    • ‘The limitations of heterodoxy such as those I have described above go some way towards accounting for inertia and stasis.’
    • ‘Despite the stasis of the couples' narratives, however, a kind of catharsis seems finally to take place.’
    • ‘If they come back to us and say there is hardly any money, we would be in stasis (a state of stagnation).’
    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.
      • ‘Mucus stasis with acute and chronic inflammation was also noted.’
      • ‘The pathogenesis probably involves a combination of biliary stasis, chemical inflammation and ischemia.’
      • ‘As a result, a thrombus in the left atrial appendage may develop due to the stasis of blood in the left atrium.’
      • ‘In addition, vomiting and accompanying gastric stasis can inhibit the effectiveness of oral analgesics.’
      • ‘Venous stasis ulcers often are shallow with irregular borders and are surrounded by indurated, hyperpigmented skin.’
      • ‘A combination of needles and moxibustion can be used where there is both stagnation / stasis and vacuity.’
      • ‘Venous, or stasis, ulcers and skin condition are evaluated in section M of the MDS.’
      • ‘The resulting stasis may have contributed to the development of calciphylactic lesions in this patient.’
      • ‘This boosts the blood circulation, eliminating venous stasis and consequent clogging.’
      • ‘Usually, it shows extreme heat or extreme cold and blood stasis.’
      • ‘It indicates a deficiency of blood and essence, qi stagnation, and blood stasis.’
      • ‘Blood stasis is a condition in which the flow of blood in the veins has become sluggish and slow.’
      • ‘Application of glycerol to the subdermis resulted in venule stasis and for prolonged treatment times, arteriole stasis.’
      • ‘The singlet oxygen then causes vascular stasis followed by edema and hemorrhage.’
      • ‘Venous stasis during surgical procedures is caused by several mechanisms.’
      • ‘Their presence implies tubular obstruction with prolonged stasis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The clot itself causes stasis of blood, discomfort and pain in the leg and calf and swelling at the ankles.’
      • ‘During flight, it is important that pregnant travelers move around to avoid venous stasis and remain adequately hydrated.’
      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//ˈstāsis/