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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A condition of balance among various forces; motionlessness: "Language is a primary element of culture, and stasis in the arts is tantamount to death” ( Charles Marsh).
  • n. Pathology Stoppage of the normal flow of a body substance, as of blood through an artery or of intestinal contents through the bowels.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A slackening or arrest of the blood current, due not to a lessening of the heart’s beat, but to some abnormal resistance of the capillary walls.
  • n. Inactivity; a freezing, or state of motionlessness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slackening or arrest of the blood current in the vessels, due not to a lessening of the heart's beat, but presumably to some abnormal resistance of the capillary walls. It is one of the phenomena observed in the capillaries in inflammation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, a stopping of the blood in some part of the circulation, as in a part of an inflamed area.
  • n. Pl. staseis or stases. In the Gr. Ch., one of the sections (regularly three) of a cathisma, or portion of the psalter.
  • n. In pathology: Same as stagnation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an abnormal state in which the normal flow of a liquid (such as blood) is slowed or stopped
  • n. inactivity resulting from a static balance between opposing forces

Etymologies

Greek, stationariness; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from Ancient Greek στάσις. (Wiktionary)

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