Homeostasis Definition

hōmē-ō-stāsĭs
noun
A state of equilibrium, as in an organism or cell, maintained by self-regulating processes.
The kidneys maintain homeostasis in the body by regulating the amount of salt and water excreted.
American Heritage Medicine
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.
Webster's New World
Any analogous maintenance of stability or equilibrium, as within a social group.
Webster's New World
Such a dynamic equilibrium or balance.
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Other Word Forms of Homeostasis

Noun

Singular:
homeostasis
Plural:
homeostases

Origin of Homeostasis

  • Coined from Ancient Greek ὅμος (hómos, “similar”) + ιστημι (histēmi, “standing still”)/stasis (from στάσις (stasis)) by Walter Bradford Cannon.

    From Wiktionary

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