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The coordinated physiological processes which maintain most of the steady states in the organism are so complex and so peculiar to
living beings ... that I have suggested a special designation for these states, homeostasis. ... It means a condition - a condition
which may vary, but which is relatively constant.
Walter B. Cannon (1871 - 1945)


Homeostasis is a term that has been coined in 1926 by Walter B. Cannon. It means that the internal milieu of organisms is held actively constant in order to provide a conducive environment for maintaining life processes.

Homeostasis is accomplished by mechanisms like feedback control, feedforward control, efference copy or antagonistic redundancy.

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