- to turn into a prone position; to rotate (the hand or forearm) so that the surface of the palm is downward or toward the back; to turn (the sole of the foot) outward so that the inner edge of the foot bears the weight when standing.
- (in vertebrates) to rotate (any limb or joint) in a similar manner.
- to become pronated.
Origin of pronate
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- (tr) to turn (a limb, hand, or foot) so that the palm or sole is directed downwards
C19: from Late Latin prōnāre to bend forwards, bow
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Word Origin and History for pronate
1848 (adj.); 1819 (v.), from Late Latin pronatus, past participle of pronare "to bend forward," from pronus "prone" (see prone). Related: Pronated; pronating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To turn or rotate the hand or forearm so that the palm faces down or back.
- To turn or rotate the sole of the foot by abduction and eversion so that the inner edge of the sole bears the body's weight.
- To turn or rotate a limb so that the inner surface faces down or back. Used of a vertebrate animal.
- To place in a prone position.
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