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hypostasis


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hypostasis  \Hy*pos"ta*sis\,  n.;  pl  {Hypostases}.  [L.,  fr  Gr  ? 
  subsistence,  substance,  fr  ?  to  stand  under  ?  under  +  ?  to 
  stand  middle  voice  of  ?  to  cause  to  stand  See  {Hypo-},  and 
  {Stand}.] 
  1.  That  which  forms  the  basis  of  anything  underlying 
  principle;  a  concept  or  mental  entity  conceived  or  treated 
  as  an  existing  being  or  thing 
 
  2.  (Theol.)  Substance;  subsistence;  essence;  person; 
  personality;  --  used  by  the  early  theologians  to  denote 
  any  one  of  the  three  subdivisions  of  the  Godhead,  the 
  Father,  Son,  and  Holy  Spirit. 
 
  Note:  The  Council  of  Alexandria  (a.  d.  362)  defined 
  hypostasis  as  synonymous  with  person.  --Schaff-Herzog. 
 
  3.  Principle;  an  element;  --  used  by  the  alchemists  in 
  speaking  of  salt,  sulphur,  and  mercury,  which  they 
  considered  as  the  three  principles  of  all  material  bodies. 
 
  4.  (Med.)  That  which  is  deposited  at  the  bottom  of  a  fluid; 
  sediment. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hypostasis 
  n  1:  the  accumulation  of  blood  in  an  organ 
  2:  the  suppression  of  a  gene  by  the  effect  of  an  unrelated  gene 
  [syn:  {epistasis}] 
  3:  any  of  the  three  persons  of  the  Godhead  constituting  the 
  Trinity  especially  the  person  of  Christ  in  which  divine 
  and  human  natures  are  united 
  4:  (metaphysics)  essential  nature  or  underlying  reality 




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