hy·​pos·​ta·​sis | \ hī-ˈpä-stə-səs \
plural hypostases\ hī-​ˈpä-​stə-​ˌsēz \

Definition of hypostasis

1a : something that settles at the bottom of a fluid
b : the settling of blood in the dependent parts of an organ or body
3a : the substance or essential nature of an individual
b : something that is hypostatized
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

Other Words from hypostasis

hypostatic \ ˌhī-​pə-​ˈsta-​tik \ adjective
hypostatically \ ˌhī-​pə-​ˈsta-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

First Known Use of hypostasis

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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hy·​pos·​ta·​sis | \ hī-ˈpäs-tə-səs \
plural hypostases\ -​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of hypostasis

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

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