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superjacent

[soo-per-jey-suh nt]
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adjective
  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

    Various

  • 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

superjacent

adjective
  1. lying immediately above or upon

Word Origin

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