Biology Prefixes and Suffixes: -stasis

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The suffix (-stasis) refers to having a state of balance, stability or equilibrium. It also refers to a slowing or stoppage of motion or activity. Stasis can also mean to place or position.


Angiostasis (angio-stasis) - the regulation of new blood vessel generation. It is the opposite of angiogenesis.

Apostasis (apo-stasis) - the end stages of a disease.

Astasis (a-stasis) - also called astasia, it is the inability to stand due to impairment of motor function and muscle coordination.

Bacteriostasis (bacterio-stasis) - the slowing down of bacterial growth.

Cholestasis (chole-stasis) - an abnormal condition in which the flow of bile from the liver to the small intestines is obstructed.

Coprostasis (copro-stasis) - constipation; difficulty in passing waste material.

Cryostasis (cryo-stasis) - the process involving the deep-freezing of biological organisms or tissues for preservation after death.

Cytostasis (cyto-stasis) - the inhibition or stoppage of cell growth and replication.

Diastasis (dia-stasis) - the middle portion of the diastole phase of the cardiac cycle, where blood flow entering the ventricles is slowed or stops prior to the beginning of the systole phase.

Electrohemostasis (electro-hemo-stasis) - the stoppage of blood flow through the use of a surgical instrument that uses heat generated by an electrical current to cauterize tissue.

Enterostasis (entero-stasis) - the stoppage or slowing down of matter in the intestines.

Epistasis (epi-stasis) - a type of gene interaction in which the expression of one gene is influenced by the expression of one or more different genes.

Fungistasis (fungi-stasis) - the inhibition or slowing down of fungal growth.

Galactostasis (galacto-stasis) - the stoppage of milk secretion or lactation.

Hemostasis (hemo-stasis) - the first stage of wound healing in which the stoppage of blood flow from damaged blood vessels occurs.

Homeostasis (homeo-stasis) - the ability to maintain a constant and stable internal environment in response to environmental changes. It is a unifying principle of biology.

Hypostasis (hypo-stasis) - the excess accumulation of blood or fluid in the body or an organ as a result of poor circulation.

Lymphostasis (lympho-stasis) - slowing down or obstruction of the normal flow of lymph. Lymph is the clear fluid of the lymphatic system.

Leukostasis (leuko-stasis) - the slowing down and clotting of blood due to the excess accumulation of white blood cells (leukocytes). This condition is often seen in patients with leukemia.

Menostasis (meno-stasis) - the stoppage of menstruation.

Metastasis (meta-stasis) - the placement or spreading of cancer cells from one location to another, typically through the bloodstream or lymphatic system.

Mycostasis (myco-stasis) - the prevention or inhibition of the growth of fungi.

Myelodiastasis (myelo-dia-stasis) - a condition characterized by the deterioration of the spinal cord.

Proctostasis (procto-stasis) - constipation due to stasis that occurs in the rectum.

Thermostasis (thermo-stasis) - the ability to maintain a constant internal body temperature; thermoregulation.

Thrombostasis (thrombo-stasis) - stoppage of blood flow due to the development of a stationary blood clot. Clots are formed by platelets, also known as thrombocytes.

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