hypostasis

noun hy·pos·ta·sis \ hī-ˈpä-stə-səs \

Definition of hypostasis

plural hypostases play \hī-ˈpä-stə-ˌsēz\
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 :person 3
3 a :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

hypostatic

play \ˌhī-pə-ˈsta-tik\ adjective

hypostatically

play \ˌhī-pə-ˈsta-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology 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


Medical Dictionary

hypostasis

noun hy·pos·ta·sis \ hī-ˈpäs-tə-səs \

medical Definition of hypostasis

plural hypostases play \-ˌsēz\
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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