Definition of homeostasis in US English:



  • The tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.

    • ‘Glucose homoeostasis seems to be excellent after pancreatic transplantation.’
    • ‘However, hormones that regulate physiological homeostasis in adults may be diluted, up to six-fold.’
    • ‘This is one possible reason for the elaborate system cells have evolved to maintain cholesterol homeostasis.’
    • ‘Tissue homeostasis depends not only on the rate of cell proliferation, but also on the rate of cell death.’
    • ‘These events undermine metabolic homeostasis, but may not directly lead to overt diabetes in the early stage.’


1920s: modern Latin, from Greek homoios ‘like’ + -stasis.