The medieval and Reformation doctrine that the body of Christ is present within the Eucharistic bread and does not replace it. Compare with consubstantiation.
Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin impanatio(n-), from impanare 'embody in bread', from in- 'in' + panis 'bread'.
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