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decubitus

[dih-kyoo-bi-tuh s]
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noun, plural de·cub·i·tus. Medicine/Medical.
  1. any position assumed by a patient when lying in bed.
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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
Related formsde·cu·bi·tal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for decubital

decubitus

noun
  1. med the posture adopted when lying down
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Derived Formsdecubital, adjective

Word Origin

C19: Latin, past participle of decumbere to lie down
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Word Origin and History for decubital

decubitus

n.

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

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decubital in Medicine

decubital

(dĭ-kyōōbĭ-tl)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to a bedsore.
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decubitus

(dĭ-kyōōbĭ-təs)
n.
  1. The position of a patient in bed.
  2. A bedsore.
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