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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Note: The Council of Alexandria (a. d. 362) defined hypostasis as synonymous with person. --Schaff-Herzog. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. (Med.) That which is deposited at the bottom of a fluid; sediment. [1913 Webster]

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