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homeostasis

Pronunciation: ho'me-o-sta'sis, -os'ta-sis

Definition:

  1. The state of equilibrium (balance between opposing pressures) in the body with respect to various functions and to the chemical compositions of the fluids and tissues.
  2. The processes through which such bodily equilibrium is maintained.

[homeo- + G. stasis, standing]

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