phantasm definition by Webster's New World
- a perception of something that has no physical reality; figment of the mind; esp., a specter, or ghostalso phantasma
- a deceptive likeness
- Philos. a mental impression of a real person or thing
Origin: Middle English fantasme ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin phantasma ; from Classical Greek ; from phantazein, to show ; from stem of phainein, to appear: see fantasy
phantasm definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Something apparently seen but having no physical reality; a phantom or an apparition. Also called phantasma.
- An illusory mental image. Also called phantasma.
- In Platonic philosophy, objective reality as perceived and distorted by the five senses.
Origin: Middle English fantasme, from Old French, from Latin phantasma, from Greek, from phantazein, to make visible, from phantos, visible, from phainein, to show; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots.
- phan·tasˈmal , phan·tasˈmic adjective
phantasm - Medical Definition
- Something apparently seen but having no physical reality; an apparition.
- An illusory mental image.