Intermediate state may refer to:


  • an intermediate chemical state
  • Virtual state, a very short-lived, unobservable quantum state
  • Meissner effect, the expulsion of a magnetic field from a superconductor during its transition to the superconducting state
  • Mesophase, is a state of matter between solid and liquid


  • Intermediate state (Christianity), a person's existence between death and the universal resurrection, in some forms of Christianity
  • Bardo, an intermediate state between death and rebirth in some schools of Buddhism
  • Gandharva, in Buddhism, being in the intermediate state between death and rebirth
  • Araf, an intermediate state between Heaven and Hell for those who are balanced in their good works and sins
  • Barzakh, in Islam, a phase between an individual's death and their resurrection
  • Purgatory, an intermediate state after physical death for expiatory purification, in some Christian denominations and Islam

See also

  • Afterlife, or life after death, in various religious traditions and myths
  • Last Judgment, or Day of Reckoning, Doomsday, or Day of Resurrection, in Abrahamic religions and Zoroastrianism
  • Limbo, the afterlife condition of those who die in original sin without being assigned to hell, in Catholic theology
  • Merit (Buddhism), a concept considered fundamental to Buddhist ethics
  • Mesoscopic physics, a subdiscipline of condensed matter physics that deals with materials of an intermediate size
  • Population inversion, in statistical mechanics
  • Quantum superposition, a fundamental principle of quantum mechanics.
  • Undead, beings in mythology, legend, or fiction that are deceased but behave as if alive
  • Vegetative state, a disorder of consciousness