[syn: hypostasis, hypostasis of Christ]
4. (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hypostasis \Hy*pos"ta*sis\, n.; pl. Hypostases. [L., fr. Gr. ?
subsistence, substance, fr. ? to stand under; ? under + ? to
stand, middle voice of ? to cause to stand. See Hypo-, and
1. That which forms the basis of anything; underlying
principle; a concept or mental entity conceived or treated
as an existing being or thing.
2. (Theol.) Substance; subsistence; essence; person;
personality; -- used by the early theologians to denote
any one of the three subdivisions of the Godhead, the
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Note: The Council of Alexandria (a. d. 362) defined
hypostasis as synonymous with person. --Schaff-Herzog.
3. Principle; an element; -- used by the alchemists in
speaking of salt, sulphur, and mercury, which they
considered as the three principles of all material bodies.
4. (Med.) That which is deposited at the bottom of a fluid;
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
72 Moby Thesaurus words for "hypostasis":
abstract noun, adherent noun, air, atom, atomic particles, axiom,
brute matter, building block, center, chemical element,
collective noun, common noun, component, constituent, core, earth,
element, elementary particle, elementary unit, elixir, essence,
essential, fire, flower, focus, fundamental, fundamental particle,
gerund, gist, gravamen, heart, hyle, inner essence, kernel, marrow,
material, material world, materiality, matter, meat, molecule,
monad, natural world, nature, nominal, noun, noun phrase, nub,
nucleus, nuts and bolts, physical world, pith, plenum, postulate,
principle, pronoun, proper noun, quid, quiddity, quintessence,
quotation noun, sap, soul, spirit, stuff, substance, substantive,
substratum, the four elements, the nitty-gritty, unit of being,