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astral body

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


[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.
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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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


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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Contemporary definitions for astral body

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


The astral body is thought to exist even after death.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for astral body



"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)

  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
Relating to or coming from the stars; stellar.
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