Meaning of homeostasis in English:


(British homoeostasis)

Pronunciation /ˌhɒmɪə(ʊ)ˈsteɪsɪs/ /ˌhəʊmɪə(ʊ)ˈsteɪsɪs/

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  • The tendency towards a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.

    ‘However, hormones that regulate physiological homeostasis in adults may be diluted, up to six-fold.’
    • ‘Tissue homeostasis depends not only on the rate of cell proliferation, but also on the rate of cell death.’
    • ‘These events undermine metabolic homeostasis, but may not directly lead to overt diabetes in the early stage.’
    • ‘Glucose homoeostasis seems to be excellent after pancreatic transplantation.’
    • ‘This is one possible reason for the elaborate system cells have evolved to maintain cholesterol homeostasis.’


1920s modern Latin, from Greek homoios ‘like’ + -stasis.