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homeostasis
1. A state of equilibrium or a tendency to reach equilibrium, either metabolically within a cell or organism or socially and psychologically within an individual or group.
2. The ability or tendency of an organism or a cell to maintain internal equilibrium by adjusting its physiological processes.
3. The processes used to maintain such bodily equilibrium.
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homeostasis
The maintenance of a steady state; especially, a physiological or social condition, by means of self-regulation through internal feedback responses.
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social homeostasis
The maintenance of steady states at the level of the society either by control of the nest microclimate or by regulation of the population density, behavior, and physiology of the group members as a whole.
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