[ proh-neyt ]
/ ˈproʊ neɪt /
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verb (used with object), pro·nat·ed, pro·nat·ing.

to turn into a prone position; to rotate (the hand or forearm) so that the surface of the palm is downward or toward the back; to turn (the sole of the foot) outward so that the inner edge of the foot bears the weight when standing.
(in vertebrates) to rotate (any limb or joint) in a similar manner.

verb (used without object), pro·nat·ed, pro·nat·ing.

to become pronated.



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Origin of pronate

1830–40; <Late Latin prōnātus, past participle of prōnāre to bend forward, derivative of Latin prōnus;see prone1, -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for pronate

/ (prəʊˈneɪt) /


(tr) to turn (a limb, hand, or foot) so that the palm or sole is directed downwards

Derived forms of pronate

pronation, noun

Word Origin for pronate

C19: from Late Latin prōnāre to bend forwards, bow
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Medical definitions for pronate

[ prōnāt′ ]


To turn or rotate the hand or forearm so that the palm faces down or back.
To turn or rotate the sole of the foot by abduction and eversion so that the inner edge of the sole bears the body's weight.
To turn or rotate a limb so that the inner surface faces down or back. Used of a vertebrate animal.
To place in a prone position.
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