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The accident of all material substances in virtue of which they are bodies that naturally are extended in space, have dimensions of size, shape, and weight, and are divisible into integral parts. A body, therefore, has quantity, as distinct from spirit, which is a substantial being with qualities but no dimensional quantity. The body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist possesses quantity but not actual extension in space. (Etym. Latin quantitas, quantity, greatness, extent.)