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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In theology, the doctrine that the body and blood of Christ are locally included in the bread and wine after consecration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Eccl.) Embodiment in bread; the supposed real presence and union of Christ's material body and blood with the substance of the elements of the eucharist without a change in their nature; -- distinguished from transubstantiation, which supposes a miraculous change of the substance of the elements. It is akin to consubstantiation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Christianity The actual, substantial presence of the body of Christ with the bread and wine of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper — as opposed to transubstantiation.

Etymologies

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Cognate of French impanation. From Latin impanatus, form of verb impanare (to impanate); from im- ("in") + panis ("bread").

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