stato-, stat-, sta-, -static, -stasi, staso-, -stasis, -stasia, -stacy, -stitute, -stitution, -sist
(Latin: standing, to stay, to make firm, fixed; cause to stand, to put, to place, to put in place, to remain in place; to stand still)
2. To cause the air inside an area, such as in an aircraft, to be the same as, or close to, a normal breathing area: Jane told her husband when she returned home that the system that usually pressurizes air in the passenger airplane failed to operate properly for a short time and the condition caused a great deal of terror for the passengers before it was returned to the normal functioning mode.
The prostate is actually not one but many glands, 30-50 in number, between which is abundant tissue containing many bundles of smooth muscle. The secretion of the prostate is a milky fluid that is discharged into the urethra at the time of the ejaculation of semen.
2. Etymology: from Middle French prostate, from Medieval Latin prostata, "the prostate" from Greek prostates, "prostate (gland)", from prostates "one standing in front", from proistanai, "set before", from pro-, "before" plus histanai, "cause to stand".
Herophilus, a Greek anatomist and surgeon
Herophilus c.335-c.280 B.C., born in Chalcedon, was the founder of the Alexandria school of anatomy.
The origin of the name prostate is rather strange. The word is from the Greek prostates, "to stand before". The anatomist Herophilus called it the prostate because, as he saw the situation, it "stands before" the testes.
- one of the first to conduct post-mortem examinations.
- the first to dissect the human body to compare it with that of other animals.
- credited with describing the brain, liver, spleen, sexual organs, and nervous system, dividing the latter into sensory and motor.
- the first to measure or time the pulse, for which he used a water clock.
2. A degradation or devaluation of a person's talents for a dishonorable purpose: The commercial advertising job Jack had was a prostitution of his extreme gift of composing piano music.
2. An automatic sensing device that triggers an alarm or extinguisher if there happens to be a fire: The pyrostat started instantly when the flames broke out in the kitchen of Mary's house.
2. To mix a liquid with a dehydrated food to restore it to its initial consistency or texture: For their camping trip Grace bought some dried tomatoes and noodles which had to be reconstituted with water to prepare them for dinner.
2. To bring back into usefulness or existence: The old teapot was repaired and reinstated in the kitchen for enjoying afternoon tea.
2. To fight or to hold out against something: The burglar tried to resist being arrested after being caught stealing the jewels.
3. To avoid or to refuse something: It was so hard for Nancy to resist eating ice cream because she was on a diet to loose weight.
4. To withstand something: James tried to resist the cold outside by putting on warm boots, a winter coat, and a woolen scarf.
2. Opposition offered by one force to another: The aggressive mob presented no resistance to the police officers when asked to disperse.
3. Immunity of a person's body toward diseases and germs: Somehow Tom showed good resistance in getting the flu like everybody else in his family.
4. The force that decelerates a moving vehicle or object: Most cars are made to lessen wind resistance by being very smooth and without any sharp hinderances.
5. The absence of responsiveness to an insecticide, drug, etc.: Some plants and insects have shown resistance to certain chemicals caused by continued exposure or genetic variation or mutation.
2. Descriptive of that which is immune to a chemical, disease, drug, etc.: The plant Jill had in her garden was quite resistant to destruction by aphids because she used ladybugs to feed on those pests!
3. Concerning the inadequacy in mixing with or soaking up something: The plastic jug Mary used was resistant to the heat in the microwave and did not melt at all!