Definition of stasis in English:

stasis

noun

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

    • ‘During such periods of stasis, most species exhibit no directional change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most populations of organisms at any given time are in stasis or genetic equilibrium, as the fossil record indicates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Schools were adjuncts of pupils' social backgrounds and teachers were tasked to implement a curriculum which maintained both social hierarchy and 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.’
    • ‘This also explains why evolution often appears to go in spurts after periods of apparent stasis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tension induced by this self-revulsion, at odds with his need for creative stasis, is born out of guilt.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘A combination of needles and moxibustion can be used where there is both stagnation / stasis and vacuity.’
      • ‘Blood stasis is a condition in which the flow of blood in the veins has become sluggish and slow.’
      • ‘Venous stasis during surgical procedures is caused by several mechanisms.’
      • ‘Usually, it shows extreme heat or extreme cold and blood stasis.’
      • ‘This boosts the blood circulation, eliminating venous stasis and consequent clogging.’
      • ‘Their presence implies tubular obstruction with prolonged stasis.’
      • ‘The pathogenesis probably involves a combination of biliary stasis, chemical inflammation and ischemia.’
      • ‘Mucus stasis with acute and chronic inflammation was also noted.’
      • ‘Application of glycerol to the subdermis resulted in venule stasis and for prolonged treatment times, arteriole stasis.’
      • ‘Venous stasis ulcers often are shallow with irregular borders and are surrounded by indurated, hyperpigmented skin.’
      • ‘The singlet oxygen then causes vascular stasis followed by edema and hemorrhage.’
      • ‘The resulting stasis may have contributed to the development of calciphylactic lesions in this patient.’
      • ‘In addition, vomiting and accompanying gastric stasis can inhibit the effectiveness of oral analgesics.’
      • ‘It indicates a deficiency of blood and essence, qi stagnation, and blood stasis.’
      • ‘As a result, a thrombus in the left atrial appendage may develop due to the stasis of blood in the left atrium.’
      • ‘Abnormalities of blood flow or venous stasis normally occur after prolonged immobility or confinement to bed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Venous stasis disease most commonly occurs in patients with obesity, congestive heart failure or diabetes.’
      • ‘Venous, or stasis, ulcers and skin condition are evaluated in section M of the MDS.’
      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

/ˈstāsis//ˈsteɪsɪs/