substate

noun sub·state \ ˈsəb-ˌstāt \
variants: or sub-state

Definition of substate

plural substates or sub-states
: a state (such as a physical or atomic state) that is a variant or division of another more broadly defined state
  • … each quantum state of a given spin angular momentum is split into a number of substates
  • —Arthur L. Robinson

First Known Use of substate

1896

in the meaning defined above

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