[ proh-kuhm-buhnt ]
/ proʊˈkʌm bənt /


lying on the face; prone; prostrate.
Botany. (of a plant or stem) lying along the ground, but not putting forth roots.

Origin of procumbent

1660–70; <Latin prōcumbent- (stem of prōcumbēns) bending forward, present participle of prōcumbere.See pro-1, incumbent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for procumbent

/ (prəʊˈkʌmbənt) /


Also: prostrate (of stems) growing along the ground
leaning forwards or lying on the face

Word Origin for procumbent

C17: from Latin prōcumbere to fall forwards; compare incumbent
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Medical definitions for procumbent

[ prō-kŭmbənt ]


Lying face down; prone.
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