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hypostasis

[hahy-pos-tuh-sis, hi-]
noun, plural hy·pos·ta·ses [hahy-pos-tuh-seez, hi-] /haɪˈpɒs təˌsiz, hɪ-/.
  1. Metaphysics.
    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.
  2. Theology.
    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.
  3. Medicine/Medical.
    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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for hypostases

Historical Examples of hypostases

  • You did not come here; I suppose, to argue about the three hypostases.

    Thais

    Anatole France

  • The Christian has but one God, existing in three hypostases.

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

  • But as to the nature and order of these hypostases, the Alexandrians are no longer at one with the school of Athens.

    The City of God, Volume I

    Aurelius Augustine

  • (The two hypostases of the supreme spirit—the unknowable and the Manifest, the aprakstm and the saprakstm).

  • Among the hidden and1302 intelligible gods are three hypostases.


British Dictionary definitions for hypostases

hypostasis

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. metaphysics the essential nature of a substance as opposed to its attributes
  2. Christianity
    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
  3. the accumulation of blood in an organ or part, under the influence of gravity as the result of poor circulation
  4. another name for epistasis (def. 3)
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Derived Formshypostatic (ˌhaɪpəˈstætɪk) or hypostatical, adjectivehypostatically, adverb

Word Origin for hypostasis

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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hypostases in Medicine

hypostasis

(hī-pŏstə-sĭs)
n. pl. hy•pos•ta•ses (-sēz′)
  1. A settling of solid particles in a fluid.
  2. Sediment.
  3. 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.
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Related formshy′po•static (hī′pə-stătĭk) adj.
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