Definitions

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  • n. The process of achieving stability, or homeostasis, in the body, through physiological or behavioral change.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • He calls this wear and tear allostatic load, from the term allostasis, a physiological adaptation that attempts to maintain a dynamic balance in a system under pressure from a variety of sources.

    THE MEDICAL NEWS

  • In the biology of the human living system, '' 'allostasis' '' refers to physiological mechanisms that enable the system to adjust to diverse perturbing, stressful, and potentially harmful circumstances, and thereby maintain system viability, specifically through changes in the system's properties, its bodily state — 'adaptation'.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • This has been called "allostasis" or "stability through change" by Sterling and Eyer

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • In the biology of the human living system, '' '' allostasis '' '' refers to physiological mechanisms that enable the system to adjust beneficially to diverse perturbing, stressful, and potentially harmful external and internal circumstances, and thereby maintain system viability, specifically through changes in the system's properties,

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • In the biology of the human living system, '' '' allostasis '' '' refers to physiological mechanisms that enable the system to adjust beneficially to diverse perturbing, stressful, and potentially harmful external and internal circumstances, and thereby maintain system viability, specifically through changes in the system's properties, its bodily state — viz., by 'adapting' the system to the stressor.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • : * This has been called "allostasis" or "stability through change" by Sterling and Eyer (Fisher S.,

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • Imbalance in either system from chronic stress leads to disruption of allostasis.

    SO STRESSED

  • With rest, calm, and adequate protein consumption, your norepinephrine stores come back efficiently and you recover to allostasis quickly.

    SO STRESSED

  • This is another example of multiple systems communicating in an integrated and purposeful way to maintain allostasis.

    SO STRESSED

  • But when your multiple internal systems are well coordinated to maintain allostasis, you thrive.

    SO STRESSED

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  • I would be very interested in the antonyms of this word. How does allostatic differ form homeostasis? It's beautifully dynamic word that I'd love to see escape from science and medicine into the world of literature.

    August 19, 2009