variants or less commonly hylemorphism
plural -s
: a doctrine that corporeal beings consist of a combination of Aristotelian forms and primordial matter

Word History


hylomorphism from hyl- + morph- + -ism; hylemorphism alteration (influenced by Greek hylē matter) of hylomorphism

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“Hylomorphism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hylomorphism. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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