- any position assumed by a patient when lying in bed.
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
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Examples from the Web for decubitus
If the subjacent iliac and psoas muscles be implicated, the thigh is flexed upon the leg in decubitus.
The decubitus is dorsal, and the legs are generally drawn up so as to relax the abdominal muscles.
- med the posture adopted when lying down
C19: Latin, past participle of decumbere to lie down
Word Origin and History for decubitus
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The position of a patient in bed.
- A bedsore.
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