Definition of stasis in English:



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

    • ‘This also explains why evolution often appears to go in spurts after periods of apparent 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.’
    • ‘But despite the drama, there remains a strange political stasis here.’
    • ‘I started the year in stasis and now things are moving.’
    • ‘From the late sixteenth century, stasis replaced the earlier dynamism of ideas and applications.’
    • ‘The tension induced by this self-revulsion, at odds with his need for creative stasis, is born out of guilt.’
    • ‘Most populations of organisms at any given time are in stasis or genetic equilibrium, as the fossil record indicates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Schools were adjuncts of pupils' social backgrounds and teachers were tasked to implement a curriculum which maintained both social hierarchy and stasis.’
    • ‘Despite the stasis of the couples' narratives, however, a kind of catharsis seems finally to take place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Or to put it the other way, stasis and stagnation are signposts along the path towards cessation and death.’
    • ‘The major feature of the fossil record is stasis, long periods in which new species do not appear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The limitations of heterodoxy such as those I have described above go some way towards accounting for inertia and stasis.’
    • ‘If they come back to us and say there is hardly any money, we would be in stasis (a state of stagnation).’
    • ‘During such periods of stasis, most species exhibit no directional change.’
    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 pathogenesis probably involves a combination of biliary stasis, chemical inflammation and ischemia.’
      • ‘The resulting stasis may have contributed to the development of calciphylactic lesions in this patient.’
      • ‘A combination of needles and moxibustion can be used where there is both stagnation / stasis and vacuity.’
      • ‘Application of glycerol to the subdermis resulted in venule stasis and for prolonged treatment times, arteriole stasis.’
      • ‘This boosts the blood circulation, eliminating venous stasis and consequent clogging.’
      • ‘Mucus stasis with acute and chronic inflammation was also noted.’
      • ‘The singlet oxygen then causes vascular stasis followed by edema and hemorrhage.’
      • ‘Venous stasis during surgical procedures is caused by several mechanisms.’
      • ‘Abnormalities of blood flow or venous stasis normally occur after prolonged immobility or confinement to bed.’
      • ‘It indicates a deficiency of blood and essence, qi stagnation, and blood stasis.’
      • ‘Venous stasis disease most commonly occurs in patients with obesity, congestive heart failure or diabetes.’
      • ‘In addition, vomiting and accompanying gastric stasis can inhibit the effectiveness of oral analgesics.’
      • ‘Their presence implies tubular obstruction with prolonged stasis.’
      • ‘Venous stasis ulcers often are shallow with irregular borders and are surrounded by indurated, hyperpigmented skin.’
      • ‘During flight, it is important that pregnant travelers move around to avoid venous stasis and remain adequately hydrated.’
      • ‘Blood stasis is a condition in which the flow of blood in the veins has become sluggish and slow.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The clot itself causes stasis of blood, discomfort and pain in the leg and calf and swelling at the ankles.’
      • ‘Usually, it shows extreme heat or extreme cold and blood stasis.’
      obstruction, blocking
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  • 2Civil strife.


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