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  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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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