- a mantric word thought to be a complete expression of Brahman and interpreted as having three sounds representing Brahma or creation, Vishnu or preservation, and Siva or destruction, or as consisting of the same three sounds, representing waking, dreams, and deep sleep, along with the following silence, which is fulfillment.
Origin of Om
Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1780–90
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- Organisation Mondiale de la Santé
Word Origin for OMS
French: World Health Organization
- Hinduism a sacred syllable typifying the three gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva, who are concerned in the threefold operation of integration, maintenance, and disintegration
Word Origin for Om
- Oman (international car registration)
- Order of Merit (a Brit title)
- currency (the former) Ostmark
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mystical word in Hinduism, Buddhism; an utterance of assent, 1788.
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- organic mental syndrome
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