Definition of allostasis in English:



  • The process by which the body responds to stressors in order to regain homeostasis.

    ‘In most cases, the physiological effects of acute stressors are reversible owing to the amazing ability of the human organism to re-establish allostasis.’
    • ‘This concept of optimal resource allocation under limited resource availability is similar to the concept of allostasis, where limited resources are allocated in order to maintain essential homeostasis.’
    • ‘He discusses allostasis, the fight-or-flight reaction a person feels in the face of stressful situations.’



/ˌaləˈstāsis/ /ˌæləˈsteɪsɪs/