homeostasis[hō′mē ō stā′sis]
- The definition of homeostasis is the ability or tendency to maintain internal stability in an organism to compensate for environmental changes.
An example of homeostasis is the human body keeping an average temperature of 98.6 degrees.
Homeostasis is the human body keeping a constant internal temperature.
- Physiol. the tendency to maintain, or the maintenance of, normal, internal stability in an organism by coordinated responses of the organ systems that automatically compensate for environmental changes
- any analogous maintenance of stability or equilibrium, as within a social group
Origin of homeostasisModL: see homeo- and amp; stasis
Coined from Ancient Greek ὅμος (hómos, “similar”) + ιστημι (histēmi, “standing still”)/stasis (from στάσις (stasis)) by Walter Bradford Cannon.