noun, plural hy·pos·ta·ses [hahy-pos-tuh-seez, hi-] /haɪˈpɒs təˌsiz, hɪ-/.
- something that stands under and supports; foundation.
- the underlying or essential part of anything as distinguished from attributes; substance, essence, or essential principle.
- 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.
- 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.
Examples from the Web for hypostasis
The tissue of the lungs showed considerable dema and hypostasis.Plague|Thomas Wright Jackson
Plotinus' idea of hypostasis is also important, and this notion requires exact examination.History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)|Adolph Harnack
He has, therefore, no hypostasis of himself but only in and through the Logos.
No, because all communities have at least three, in honour of the holy and triple Hypostasis.L-bas|J. K. Huysmans
Thus Athanasius and the Latins spoke of one hypostasis (essence) only.The Arian Controversy|H. M. Gwatkin
British Dictionary definitions for hypostasis
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
- 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