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Homeostasis


Noun

1. The property of a system that regulates its internal environment and tends to maintain a stable, relatively constant condition of properties such as temperature or pH. It can be either an open or closed system. In simple terms, it is basically a process in which the body’s internal environment is kept stable. (wikipedia.org)

2. The processes whereby the internal Environment of an organism tends to remain balanced and stable. (online-medical-dictionary.org)

3. The maintenance of metabolic equilibrium within an animal by a tendency to compensate for disrupting changes. (Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers)

4. The maintenance of equilibrium within a social group, person, etc. (Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers)

 

adj., homeostatic (-sttk)

Word origin: From Greek: ὅμοιος, “hómoios“, “similar”, and στάσις, stásis, “standing still”


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