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[soo-per-jey-suh nt]
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  1. lying above or upon something else.

Origin of superjacent

1600–10; < Latin superjacent- (stem of superjacēns), present participle of superjacēre to rest upon. See super-, subjacent
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Examples from the Web for superjacent

Historical Examples

  • We must not think, however, that all earth containing this ferment is capable of poisoning the superjacent atmosphere.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 458, October 11, 1884


  • A root which was exposed to view, through the washing away of the superjacent soil, measured 110 feet in length.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • The superjacent skin is tense and glistening, and the surrounding veins are more or less distended.

  • When the normal tissue was not injured I never saw any that were not superjacent and could not easily be peeled off (croupous).

British Dictionary definitions for superjacent


  1. lying immediately above or upon

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin superjacēre, from Latin super- + jacēre to lie
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