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hypostasis

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noun hy·pos·ta·sis \hī-ˈpäs-tə-səs\

Definition of hypostasis

plural hy·pos·ta·sesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 a :  something that settles at the bottom of a fluid b :  the settling of blood in the dependent parts of an organ or body

  2. 2 :  person 3

  3. 3 a :  the substance or essential nature of an individual b :  something that is hypostatized

  4. 4 [New Latin, from Late Latin] :  failure of a gene to produce its usual effect when coupled with another gene that is epistatic toward it

hy·po·stat·ic play \ˌhī-pə-ˈsta-tik\ adjective
hy·po·stat·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of hypostasis

Late Latin, substance, sediment, from Greek, support, foundation, substance, sediment, from hyphistasthai to stand under, support, from hypo- + histasthai to be standing — more at stand


First Known Use: 1590


Medical Dictionary

hypostasis

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noun hy·pos·ta·sis \hī-ˈpäs-tə-səs\

Medical Definition of hypostasis

plural hy·pos·ta·ses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. 1:  the settling of blood in relatively lower parts of an organ or the body due to impaired or absent circulation <the face was discolored by postmortem hypostasis>

  2. 2:  failure of a gene to produce its usual effect when coupled with another gene that is epistatic toward it




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