Definition of allostasis in US English:



  • The process by which the body responds to stressors in order to regain homeostasis.

    • ‘This concept of optimal resource allocation under limited resource availability is similar to the concept of allostasis, where limited resources are allocated in order to maintain essential homeostasis.’
    • ‘In most cases, the physiological effects of acute stressors are reversible owing to the amazing ability of the human organism to re-establish allostasis.’
    • ‘He discusses allostasis, the fight-or-flight reaction a person feels in the face of stressful situations.’