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Definition of hypostases (Meaning of hypostases)
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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
	     {Stand}.]
	     1. That which forms the basis of anything; underlying
	        principle; a concept or mental entity conceived or treated
	        as an existing being or thing.
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	     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.
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	     Note: The Council of Alexandria (a. d. 362) defined
	           hypostasis as synonymous with person. --Schaff-Herzog.
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	     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.
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	     4. (Med.) That which is deposited at the bottom of a fluid;
	        sediment.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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