-stat
noun combining form Etymology: New Latin -stata, from Greek -statēs one that stops or steadies, from histanai to cause to stand — more at stand 1. stabilizing agent or device <
thermostat
>
2. instrument for reflecting (something specified) constantly in one direction <
heliostat
>
3. agent causing inhibition of growth without destruction <
bacteriostat
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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