Definition for A-POS'TA-SY

A-POS'TA-SY, n. [Gr. αποστασις, a defection, of αφιστημι, to depart, απο, and ιστημι.]

  1. An abandonment of what one has professed; a total desertion, or departure from one's faith or religion.
  2. The desertion from a party to which one has adhered.
  3. Among physicians, the throwing off of exfoliated or fractured bone, or the various solution of disease. – Coxe.
  4. An abscess. – Encyc.

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