hypostasis

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noun hy·pos·ta·sis \hī-ˈpä-stə-səs\

Definition of hypostasis

plural

hypostases

play \hī-ˈpä-stə-ˌsēz\
  1. 1a :  something that settles at the bottom of a fluidb :  the settling of blood in the dependent parts of an organ or body

  2. 2 :  person 3

  3. 3a :  the substance or essential nature of an individualb :  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

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


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

hypostases

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  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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