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[as-truh l] /ˈæs trəl/
pertaining to or proceeding from the stars; stellar; star-shaped.
Biology. pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling an aster; having a discoid, radiate flower head.
Theosophy. noting a supersensible substance pervading all space and forming the substance of a second body (astral body) belonging to each individual. It accompanies the individual through life, is able to leave the human body at will, and survives the individual after death.
Origin of astral
1595-1605; (< Middle French) < Late Latin astrālis, equivalent to Latin ast(rum) star (< Greek ástron) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
astrally, adverb
interastral, adjective
nonastral, adjective
subastral, adjective Unabridged
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  • This projection of the astral body, as a rule, occurs only when the physical body is stilled in sleep, or in trance condition.

  • He is in the astral now, thought Jones, who said: "She will have a much prettier one."

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • I can't say I follow her, for she is up in the clouds nearly all the time, and I haven't as yet developed an astral body.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • All of which Bottazzi would explain by his theory of an 'astral arm.'

    The Shadow World Hamlin Garland
  • We shall see the part played by it in the astral colors as we proceed.

    The Human Aura Swami Panchadasi
British Dictionary definitions for astral


relating to, proceeding from, consisting of, or resembling the stars: an astral body
(biology) of or relating to the aster occurring in dividing cells
(theosophy) denoting or relating to a supposed supersensible substance believed to form the material of a second body for each person, taking the form of an aura discernible to certain gifted individuals
Derived Forms
astrally, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin astrālis, from Latin astrum star, from Greek astron
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Word Origin and History for astral

"pertaining to the stars," c.1600, from Late Latin astralis, from Latin astrum "star," from Greek astron (see astro-). Meaning "pertaining to supersensible substances" is from 1690s, popularized late 19c. in Theosophy.

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astral in Medicine

astral as·tral (ās'trəl)

  1. Of, relating to, emanating from, or resembling the stars.

  2. Of, relating to, or shaped like the mitotic aster; having the shape of an astrosphere; star-shaped.

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astral in Science
Relating to or coming from the stars; stellar.
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