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decubitus

[ dih-kyoo-bi-tuhs ]
/ dɪˈkyu bɪ təs /
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noun, plural de·cub·i·tus.Medicine/Medical.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM decubitus

de·cu·bi·tal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for decubitus

decubitus
/ (dɪˈkjuːbɪtəs) /

noun

med the posture adopted when lying down

Derived forms of decubitus

decubital, adjective

Word Origin for decubitus

C19: Latin, past participle of decumbere to lie down
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Medical definitions for decubitus

decubitus
[ dĭ-kyōōbĭ-təs ]

n.

The position of a patient in bed.
A bedsore.
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