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[hahy-pos-tuh-sis, hi-] /haɪˈpɒs tə sɪs, hɪ-/
noun, plural hypostases
[hahy-pos-tuh-seez, hi-] /haɪˈpɒs təˌsiz, hɪ-/ (Show IPA)
  1. something that stands under and supports; foundation.
  2. the underlying or essential part of anything as distinguished from attributes; substance, essence, or essential principle.
  1. one of the three real and distinct substances in the one undivided substance or essence of God.
  2. a person of the Trinity.
  3. the one personality of Christ in which His two natures, human and divine, are united.
  1. the accumulation of blood or its solid components in parts of an organ or body due to poor circulation.
  2. such sedimentation, as in a test tube.
Origin of hypostasis
1580-90; < Late Latin < Greek hypóstasis that which settles at the bottom; substance, nature, essence, equivalent to hypo- hypo- + stásis standing, stasis Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
(metaphysics) the essential nature of a substance as opposed to its attributes
  1. any of the three persons of the Godhead, together constituting the Trinity
  2. the one person of Christ in which the divine and human natures are united
the accumulation of blood in an organ or part, under the influence of gravity as the result of poor circulation
another name for epistasis (sense 3)
Derived Forms
hypostatic (ˌhaɪpəˈstætɪk), hypostatical, adjective
hypostatically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin: substance, from Greek hupostasis foundation, from huphistasthai to stand under, from hypo- + histanai to cause to stand
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hypostasis in Medicine

hypostasis hy·pos·ta·sis (hī-pŏs'tə-sĭs)
n. pl. hy·pos·ta·ses (-sēz')

  1. A settling of solid particles in a fluid.

  2. Sediment.

  3. See hypostatic congestion.

  4. A condition in which the action of one gene conceals or suppresses the action of another gene that is not its allele but that affects the same part or biochemical process in an organism.

hy'po·stat'ic (hī'pə-stāt'ĭk) adj.
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