general-adaptation syndrome

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general-adaptation syndrome (GAS) A range of abnormal physiological systems reflecting pathological social stress, and serving to regulate population growth, where no external resource limitation exists. Essentially it is a behavioural regulation of population growth. Mechanisms include the supression of the oestrus cycle, inadequate lactation, enlarged adrenal glands, increased aggression, etc. It has been demonstrated experimentally with overcrowded laboratory rats.

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general-adaptation syndrome (GAS) A range of abnormal physiological systems reflecting pathological social stress, and serving to regulate population growth, where no external resource limitation exists. Essentially it is a behavioural regulation of population growth. Mechanisms include the supression of the oestrus cycle, inadequate lactation, enlarged adrenal glands, increased aggression, etc. It has been demonstrated experimentally with overcrowded laboratory rats.

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