- the masking or suppression of a gene by another gene that is not its allele
- a deposit or sediment
- a settling of blood in the lower parts of the body as a result of a slowing down of the blood flow
- Philos. the underlying, essential nature of a thing
- Christian Theol.
- the unique nature of the one God
- any of the three persons of the Trinity, each person having the divine nature fully and equally
- the union of the wholly divine nature and of a wholly human nature in the one person of Jesus Christin full hypostatic union
Origin of hypostasisGr, a supporting, foundation from hyphistanai, to set under, pass, stand under from hypo-, under (see hypo-) + histanai, to stand, cause to stand
- Philosophy The substance, essence, or underlying reality.
- Christianity a. Any of the persons of the Trinity.b. The essential person of Jesus in which his human and divine natures are united.
- 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.
- Medicine The settling of blood in the lower part of an organ or the body as a result of decreased blood flow.
- 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.
Origin of hypostasisLate Latin from Greek hupostasis hupo- hypo- stasis a standing ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- hy′po·stat′ic hy′po·stat′i·cal
- (theology) The essential person, specifically the single person of Christ (as distinguished from his two ‘natures’, human and divine), or of the three ‘persons’ of the Trinity (comprising a single ‘essence’). [from 16th c.]
- (philosophy) The underlying reality or substance of something. [from 17th c.]
- (genetics) The effect of one gene preventing another from expressing. [from 20th c.]
From ecclesiastical Latin hypostasis, from Ancient Greek ὑπόστασις (hupostasis, “sediment, foundation; substance, existence, essence”), from ὑπό (hupo) + στάσις (stasis, “standing”).