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(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the embodiment of Christ in the consecrated bread and wine of the Eucharist
[C16: from Medieval Latin impanātiō, from impanātus embodied in bread, from Latin im- (in) + panis bread]
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the theological doctrine that the body and blood of Christ are present in the bread and wine after they are consecrated.See also: Christ, Theology
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