homeostasis Quick reference
The ability or tendency to maintain a constant physical or chemical state within a system using compensatory control mechanisms. Physiological homeostasis is illustrated by the maintenance of a constant body core temperature and blood sugar levels. Psychological homeostasis is illustrated by the maintenance of self-respect through compensatory devices such as rationalization and blaming others for faults. In sociology, homeostasis has been applied to the controversial suggestion that social systems (including governing bodies of sport) tend to act in ways that are self-maintaining and self-equilibrating....
homeostasis Reference library
the maintenance of a relatively constant internal environment in the bodies of higher animals by means of a series of