[ pos-cher ]
/ ˈpɒs tʃər /


verb (used with object), pos·tured, pos·tur·ing.

verb (used without object), pos·tured, pos·tur·ing.

Origin of posture

1595–1605; < French < Italian postura < Latin positūra. See posit, -ure
2 See position.
Related formspos·tur·al, adjectivepos·tur·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for postural

  • In long-standing cases the pain and discomfort may lead to a postural scoliosis (ischias-scoliotica).

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The chief principle of Dr Marshall Halls so-called ready method is the postural performance of artificial respiration.

  • They are devised for disciplinary, postural, developmental, and health purposes.

    College Teaching|Paul Klapper

British Dictionary definitions for postural


/ (ˈpɒstʃə) /



to assume or cause to assume a bodily position or attitude
(intr) to assume an affected or unnatural bodily or mental posture; pose
Derived Formspostural, adjectiveposturer, noun

Word Origin for posture

C17: via French from Italian postura, from Latin positūra, from pōnere to place
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Medicine definitions for postural (1 of 2)


[ pŏschər-əl ]


Relating to or involving posture.

Medicine definitions for postural (2 of 2)


[ pŏschər ]


A position of the body or of body parts.
A characteristic or prescribed way of bearing one's body; carriage.
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