[ dih-kyoo-bi-tuh s ]
/ dɪˈkyu bɪ təs /

noun, plural de·cub·i·tus. Medicine/Medical.

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
Related formsde·cu·bi·tal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decubitus


/ (dɪˈkjuːbɪtəs) /


med the posture adopted when lying down
Derived Formsdecubital, adjective

Word Origin for decubitus

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



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

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Medicine definitions for decubitus


[ dĭ-kyōōbĭ-təs ]


The position of a patient in bed.
A bedsore.
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