n. pl. e·pis·ta·ses (-sēz′)
1. An interaction between nonallelic genes in which the genotype at one locus affects the expression of alleles at another locus.
2. A film that forms over the surface of a urine specimen.
3. The suppression of a bodily discharge or secretion.
[Greek, stoppage, from epistanai, to stop, check : ep-, epi-, epi- + histanai, to place; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
ep′i·static (ĕp′ĭ-stătĭk) adj.
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