from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Philosophy The substance, essence, or underlying reality.
- n. Christianity Any of the persons of the Trinity.
- n. Christianity The essential person of Jesus in which his human and divine natures are united.
- n. Something that has been hypostatized.
- n. A settling of solid particles in a fluid.
- n. Something that settles to the bottom of a fluid; sediment.
- n. Medicine The settling of blood in the lower part of an organ or the body as a result of decreased blood flow.
- n. Genetics 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which forms the basis of anything; underlying principle; a concept or mental entity conceived or treated as an existing being or thing.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. That which is deposited at the bottom of a fluid; sediment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which underlies something else; that which forms the basis of something; foundation; support.
- n. In theology, a person of the Trinity; one of the three real and distinct subsistences in the one undivided substance or essence of God.
- n. In metaphysics, a substantial mode by which the existence of a substantial nature is determined to subsist by itself and be in communicable; subsistence.
- n. A hypothetical substance; a phenomenon or state of things spoken and thought of as if it were a substance.
- n. Principle: a term applied by the alchemists to mercury, sulphur, and salt, in accordance with their” doctrine that these were the three principles of all material bodies.
- n. In medicine: A sediment, as of the urine; any morbid deposition in the body.
- n. An overfullness of blood-vessels caused by a dependent position, as of the veins of the legs (varicose veins), etc.; hypostatic congestion. Also hypostasy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the suppression of a gene by the effect of an unrelated gene
- n. the accumulation of blood in an organ
- n. any of the three persons of the Godhead constituting the Trinity especially the person of Christ in which divine and human natures are united
- n. (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality
Late Latin, from Greek hupostasis : hupo-, hypo- + stasis, a standing; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From ecclesiastical Latin hypostasis, from Ancient Greek ὑπόστασις ("sediment, foundation; substance, existence, essence"), from ὑπό + στάσις ("standing"). (Wiktionary)