the stopping of bleeding (loss of body fluid) or the arrest of the circulation to an organ or part

Hemostasis or haemostasis is a process to prevent and stop bleeding, meaning to keep blood within a damaged blood vessel (the opposite of hemostasis is hemorrhage).

It is the first stage of wound healing. This involves coagulation, blood changing from a liquid to a gel. Intact blood vessels are important to moderating blood's tendency to form clots.[1]

The word hemostasis (/ˌhmˈstsɪs/,[2][3] sometimes /ˌhˈmɒstəsɪs/) uses the combining forms hemo- and -stasis, New Latin from Ancient Greek αἱμο- haimo- (akin to αἷμα haîma), "blood", and στάσις stásis, "stasis", yielding "motionlessness or stopping of blood".

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  2. "Hemostasis". Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
  3. "hemostasis". Oxford Dictionaries UK Dictionary. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2016-01-21.