[ hahy-pos-tuh-sis, hi- ]

noun,plural hy·pos·ta·ses [hahy-pos-tuh-seez, hi-]. /haɪˈpɒs təˌsiz, hɪ-/.
  1. Metaphysics.

    • something that stands under and supports; foundation.

    • the underlying or essential part of anything as distinguished from attributes; substance, essence, or essential principle.

  2. Theology.

    • one of the three real and distinct substances in the one undivided substance or essence of God.

    • a person of the Trinity.

    • the one personality of Christ in which His two natures, human and divine, are united.

  1. Medicine/Medical.

    • the accumulation of blood or its solid components in parts of an organ or body due to poor circulation.

    • 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

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British Dictionary definitions for hypostasis


/ (haɪˈpɒstəsɪs) /

nounplural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. metaphysics the essential nature of a substance as opposed to its attributes

  2. Christianity

    • any of the three persons of the Godhead, together constituting the Trinity

    • the one person of Christ in which the divine and human natures are united

  1. the accumulation of blood in an organ or part, under the influence of gravity as the result of poor circulation

  2. another name for epistasis (def. 3)

Origin of hypostasis

C16: from Late Latin: substance, from Greek hupostasis foundation, from huphistasthai to stand under, from hypo- + histanai to cause to stand

Derived forms of hypostasis

  • hypostatic (ˌhaɪpəˈstætɪk) or hypostatical, adjective
  • hypostatically, adverb

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