The coordinated physiological processes which maintain most of the steady states in the organism are so complex and so peculiar to
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.
While the term has been introduced by Cannon, the concept of homeostasis has first been described in the 19th century by french physiologist Claude Bernard (La fixité du milieu interieur est la condition de la vie libre, independante [Bernard 1878]).
See also Edit
- Bernard, C. (1878). Les phénomènes de la vie. Paris, éditions Baillère.
- Cannon, W. B. (1926). “Physiological regulation of normal states: some tentative postulates concerning biological homeostatics.” Jubilee volume for Charles Richet: 91-3.