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Meaning of hylomorphism

hy•lo•mor•phism

Pronunciation: (hī"lu-môr'fiz-um), [key]
— n. Philos.
  1. the theory that every physical object is composed of two principles, an unchanging prime matter and a form deprived of actuality with every substantial change of the object.
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