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astral body

noun
1.
Astronomy. a star, planet, comet, or other heavenly body.
2.
Theosophy. See under astral (def 3).
Origin of astral body
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95

astral

[as-truh l] /ˈæs trəl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or proceeding from the stars; stellar; star-shaped.
2.
Biology. pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling an aster; having a discoid, radiate flower head.
3.
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
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
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Examples from the Web for astral body
Historical Examples
  • Allusion to the struggle which separates the mental from the astral body in Purgatory.

    Reincarnation Th. Pascal
  • Of the elements of the personality—of the astral body, in all probability.

    Reincarnation Th. Pascal
  • She had an astral body, and a Yogi and a yacht and everything handsome about her.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • It was only just in time, for at that very moment I felt my astral body uniting.

    Sport Royal Anthony Hope
  • It is as easy for me to use my astral body as this physical one.

    A Son of Perdition

    Fergus Hume
  • And Lambert is made to develop a theory of the astral body and astral locomotion.

    Balzac Frederick Lawton
  • I should like to talk with a Mahatma about the constitution of the astral body.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Now you tell me you had projected your astral body to that star.

  • Say, little person, is it your astral body, or is it really you?

    North of Fifty-Three

    Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • It was something remarkably like her astral body which presided at the club.

    The Copy-Cat and Other Stories Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for astral body

astral

/ˈæstrəl/
adjective
1.
relating to, proceeding from, consisting of, or resembling the stars: an astral body
2.
(biology) of or relating to the aster occurring in dividing cells
3.
(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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Contemporary definitions for astral body
noun

one of seven described aspects of humans, which includes physical, mental, causal, etheric, emotional, spiritual; the ethereal counterpart of a human body

Examples

The astral body is thought to exist even after death.

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Word Origin and History for astral body

astral

adj.

"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 body in Medicine

astral as·tral (ās'trəl)
adj.

  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 body in Science
astral
  (ās'trəl)   
Relating to or coming from the stars; stellar.
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