substate

noun
sub·​state | \ ˈsəb-ˌstāt How to pronounce substate (audio) \
variants: or sub-state
plural substates or sub-states

Definition of substate

: 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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“Substate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/substate. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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