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[dih-kyoo-bi-tuh s] /dɪˈkyu bɪ təs/
noun, plural decubitus. Medicine/Medical.
any position assumed by a patient when lying in bed.
Origin of decubitus
1865-70; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin dēcubi-, variant stem of dēcumbere to lie down, take to one's bed (dē- de- + -cumbere, telic v., with nasal infix, corresponding to cubāre to lie) + -tus suffix of verbal action
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decubital, adjective Unabridged
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(med) the posture adopted when lying down
Derived Forms
decubital, adjective
Word Origin
C19: Latin, past participle of decumbere to lie down
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Word Origin and History for decubitus

1866, Modern Latin, from Latin decumbere "to lie down," from de- (see de-) + cumbere (see succumb).

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decubitus in Medicine

decubitus de·cu·bi·tus (dĭ-kyōō'bĭ-təs)

  1. The position of a patient in bed.

  2. A bedsore.

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