hylomorphism

[hahy-luh-mawr-fiz-uh m]
noun Philosophy.
  1. the theory that every physical object is composed of two principles, an unchanging prime matter and a form deprived of actuality with every substantial change of the object.

Origin of hylomorphism

First recorded in 1885–90; hylo- + -morphism
Related formshy·lo·mor·phist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hylomorphism

hylomorphism

noun
  1. the philosophical doctrine that identifies matter with the first cause of the universe
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