Definitions for homeostasisˌhoʊ mi əˈsteɪ sɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ho•me•o•sta•sisˌhoʊ mi əˈsteɪ sɪs(n.)

  1. the tendency of a system, esp. the physiological system of higher animals, to maintain internal stability, owing to the coordinated response of its parts to any situation or stimulus tending to disturb its normal condition or function.

    Category: Physiology

  2. a state of psychological equilibrium obtained when tension or a drive has been reduced or eliminated.

    Category: Psychology

Origin of homeostasis:


ho`me•o•stat′ic-ˈstæt ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. homeostasis(noun)

    (physiology) metabolic equilibrium actively maintained by several complex biological mechanisms that operate via the autonomic nervous system to offset disrupting changes


  1. homeostasis(Noun)

    The ability of a system or living organism to adjust its internal environment to maintain a stable equilibrium; such as the ability of warm-blooded animals to maintain a constant temperature.

  2. homeostasis(Noun)

    Such a dynamic equilibrium or balance.

  3. Origin: Coined from ὅμος + ιστημι/stasis (from στάσις) by .


  1. Homeostasis

    Homeostasis is 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 a process in which the body's internal environment is kept stable. It was defined by Claude Bernard and later by Walter Bradford Cannon in 1926, 1929 and 1932. Typically used to refer to a living organism, the concept of homeostasis was preceded by that of milieu intérieur, defined by Claude Bernard and published in 1865. Multiple dynamic equilibrium adjustment and regulation mechanisms make homeostasis possible. Homeostasis needs to be distinguished from simple dynamic equilibriums, which are not regulated, and steady states, which may be stable but sensitive to perturbations.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Homeostasis

    The processes whereby the internal environment of an organism tends to remain balanced and stable.

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