- Reactions of the body to forces of a deleterious nature, infections, and various abnormal states that tend to disturb its normal physiologic equilibrium (homeostasis).
- In dentistry, the forces set up in teeth, their supporting structures, and structures restoring or replacing teeth as a result of the force of mastication.
- The force or pressure applied or exerted between portions of a body or bodies, generally expressed in pounds per square inch.
- In rheology, the force in a material transmitted per unit area to adjacent layers.
- In psychiatry and psychology, the abnormal mental and emotional state in response to a physical or physiologic stressor.
- Stressor, in the sense that psychological stress can be a stressor to a person physically and the physical stress of illness can also be a psychological stressor.
- In endocrinology, state of threatened homeostasis in which stressors are the threatening forces and adaptive responses are the forces of the organism that reestablish homeostasis.
[L. strictus, tight, fr. stringo, to draw together]
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