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[L. status, condition] 1. A condition. 2. A mode or condition of being 3. Status. Particular states are listed under the first word. SEE: e.g., dream state; locked-in state; persistent vegetative state.

State Children's Health Insurance Program

ABBR: SCHIP. The former name for Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

state of matter

The condition in which matter exists under specified kinetic conditions, e.g., the pressure and temperature. All matter is in one or more states at any time: solid, liquid, gas, or plasma.


(stăt′ĭk) [Gr. statikos, causing to stand] At rest; in equilibrium; not in motion.

static balance

SEE: under balance.

static equilibrium

SEE: under equilibrium.


(stăt′ĭks) The study of matter at rest and of the forces bringing about equilibrium. SEE: dynamics.


(stăt′ĭm) [L.] ABBR: stat. Immediately; at once.


(stat′ĭn) [-stat + -in] Any of the drugs of the class known as 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG CoA) reductase inhibitors. These drugs have powerful lipid-lowering properties. The names of drugs in this class all end in -statin, e.g., atorvastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, and simvastatin. Drugs from this class reduce the risk of myocardial infarction and stroke. SYN: HMG CoA enzyme inhibitor.

image Many statins are metabolized by the cytochrome P450 3A4 isoenzyme of the liver. Drugs that block CYP3A4 (an isoenzyme form of the cytochrome P450 system) enzyme activity, such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, and some agents used to treat HIV infection or hepatitis, may cause muscle and kidney damage when taken with statins.


(stā′shŏn) [L. statio, standing, standing still, place, position] 1. The manner of standing. 2. A stopping place. 3. In obstetrics, the relationship in centimeters between the presenting part and the level of the ischial spines. SEE: forceps.

aid s. A temporary or portable health care facility used in the military or at public gatherings or events to assess, stabilize, and triage the sick or the injured.

base s. A local or regional command and control center for emergency medical services.

dressing s. A temporary station for soldiers wounded during combat.

rest s. A temporary relief station for the sick on a military road or railway.


(stā′shŭn-ĕr-ē) [L. stationarius, belonging to a station] Remaining in a fixed condition.

stationary phase bacteria, stationary-phase bacteria

The stage in the life of a bacterial ...

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