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hypostatic

or hypostatical

[hahy-puh-stat-ik or hahy-puh-stat-i-kuh l] /ˌhaɪ pəˈstæt ɪk or ˌhaɪ pəˈstæt ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a hypostasis; fundamental.
2.
Theology. pertaining to or constituting a distinct personal being or substance.
3.
Medicine/Medical. being in a condition of hypostasis.
4.
Genetics. (of a nonallelic gene) masked by another gene.
Origin of hypostatic
1670-1680
1670-80; < Greek hypostatikós pertaining to substance, equivalent to hypostat(ós) placed under, giving support (hypo- hypo- + sta- stand + -tos verbal adjective suffix) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
hypostatically, adverb
nonhypostatic, adjective
nonhypostatical, adjective
nonhypostatically, adverb
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