homeostasis
homeostasis homeostasis n. The ability and tendency of certain systems to maintain a relatively constant internal state in spite of changes in external conditions; this ability is achieved by the presence of feedback mechanisms which can adjust the state of the system to compensate for changes in the state caused by the external environment. It is exemplified in homeothermal biological systems, such as animals which maintain relatively constant blood temperature and composition in spite of variations in external temperature or the composition of the food ingested. [PJC]

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  • Homeostasis — (from Greek: ὅμος, hómos , equal ; and ιστημι, istēmi , to stand lit. to stand equally ; coined by Walter Bradford Cannon) is the property of either an open system or a closed system, especially a living organism, that regulates its internal… …   Wikipedia

  • Homeostasis — (Del griego homo (ὅμος) que significa similar y estasis (στάσις) posición , estabilidad ) es la característica de un sistema abierto o de un sistema cerrado o una conjugación entre ambos, especialmente en un organismo vivo, mediante la cual se… …   Wikipedia Español

  • homeostasis — o homeóstasis (plural homeostasis) sustantivo femenino 1. (no contable) Área: biología Conjunto de mecanismos que aseguran el control automático de las constantes biológicas de los seres vivos, manteniéndolas fijas dentro de unos límites muy… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • homeóstasis — (plural homeostasis) sustantivo femenino 1. (no contable) Área: biología Conjunto de mecanismos que aseguran el control automático de las constantes biológicas de los seres vivos, manteniéndolas fijas dentro de límites muy estrechos: La… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • homeostasis — homeostasis. См. гомеостаз. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • homeostasis — index balance (equality) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • homeostasis — 1926, coined in Mod.L. from HOMEO (Cf. homeo ) + Gk. stasis standing still (see STET (Cf. stet)). Related: Homeostatic …   Etymology dictionary

  • homeostasis — (De homeo y el gr. στάσις, posición, estabilidad). 1. f. Biol. Conjunto de fenómenos de autorregulación, que conducen al mantenimiento de la constancia en la composición y propiedades del medio interno de un organismo. 2. Autorregulación de la… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • homeostasis — (also homoeostasis) ► NOUN (pl. homeostases) ▪ the maintenance of a stable equilibrium, especially through physiological processes. DERIVATIVES homeostatic adjective. ORIGIN from Greek homoios like + stasis stoppage, standing …   English terms dictionary

  • homeostasis — ☆ homeostasis [hō΄mē ō stā′sis ] n. [ModL: see HOMEO & STASIS] 1. Physiol. the tendency to maintain, or the maintenance of, normal, internal stability in an organism by coordinated responses of the organ systems that automatically compensate for… …   English World dictionary

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