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n. pl. hy·pos·ta·ses (-sēz′)
1. Philosophy The substance, essence, or underlying reality.
2. Christianity
a. Any of the persons of the Trinity.
b. The essential person of Jesus in which his human and divine natures are united.
3. Something that has been hypostatized.
a. A settling of solid particles in a fluid.
b. Something that settles to the bottom of a fluid; sediment.
5. Medicine The settling of blood in the lower part of an organ or the body as a result of decreased blood flow.
6. Genetics A condition in which the action of one gene is concealed or suppressed by the action of an allele of a different gene that affects the same part or biochemical process in an organism.

[Late Latin, from Greek hupostasis : hupo-, hypo- + stasis, a standing; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

hy′po·stat′ic (hī′pə-stăt′ĭk), hy′po·stat′i·cal adj.
hy′po·stat′i·cal·ly adv.


n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1. (Philosophy) metaphysics the essential nature of a substance as opposed to its attributes
2. (Theology) Christianity
a. any of the three persons of the Godhead, together constituting the Trinity
b. the one person of Christ in which the divine and human natures are united
3. (Pathology) the accumulation of blood in an organ or part, under the influence of gravity as the result of poor circulation
4. (Genetics) another name for epistasis3
[C16: from Late Latin: substance, from Greek hupostasis foundation, from huphistasthai to stand under, from hypo- + histanai to cause to stand]
hypostatic, ˌhypoˈstatical adj
ˌhypoˈstatically adv


(haɪˈpɒs tə sɪs, hɪ-)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
1. (in philosophy) the underlying or essential part of anything, as distinguished from attributes; substance; essence.
a. (in Christianity) one of the three real and distinct substances in the one undivided substance or essence of God.
b. a person of the Trinity.
c. the one personality of Christ in which two natures, human and divine, are united.
a. the accumulation of blood or its solid components in parts of an organ or body due to poor circulation.
b. sedimentation, as in a test tube.
[1580–90; < Late Latin < Greek hypóstasis sediment, substance, nature, essence, derivative (with -sis -sis) of hyphístasthai to stand under as a support, subsist, exist; see hypo-, stasis]
hy•po•stat•ic (ˌhaɪ pəˈstæt ɪk) hy`po•stat′i•cal, adj.


1. the unique nature of the Godhead and hence the Holy Trinity.
2. any of the three parts of the Holy Trinity.
3. the personality of Christ separate from his dual nature, human and divine. — hypostatic, hypostatical, adj.
See also: Theology
a deposit or sediment, particularly a settling of blood in lower parts of the body as a result of a slowing down in the circulation. — hypostatic, hypostatical, adj.
See also: Blood and Blood Vessels
the essential substance or underlying nature or principle of a thing. — hypostatic, hypostatical, adj.
See also: Philosophy
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hypostasis - the suppression of a gene by the effect of an unrelated gene
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
2.hypostasis - the accumulation of blood in an organ
bodily function, bodily process, body process, activity - an organic process that takes place in the body; "respiratory activity"
3.hypostasis - any of the three persons of the Godhead constituting the Trinity especially the person of Christ in which divine and human natures are united
Almighty, Creator, Divine, God Almighty, Godhead, Lord, Maker, Jehovah - terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God
Blessed Trinity, Holy Trinity, Sacred Trinity, Trinity - the union of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost in one Godhead
4.hypostasis - (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality
essence, heart and soul, inwardness, nitty-gritty, pith, substance, gist, kernel, nub, meat, core, sum, marrow, heart, center, centre - the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
metaphysics - the philosophical study of being and knowing


[haɪˈpɒstəsɪs] N (hypostases (pl)) [haɪˈpɒstəsiːz] (Rel) → hipóstasis f
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