prostrate

[ pros-treyt ]
/ ˈprɒs treɪt /

verb (used with object), pros·trat·ed, pros·trat·ing.

adjective

Origin of prostrate

1350–1400; (adj.) Middle English prostrat < Latin prōstrātus, past participle of prōsternere to throw prone, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + strā-, variant stem of sternere to stretch out + -tus past participle suffix; (v.) Middle English prostraten, derivative of the adj.
Related formspros·tra·tive [pros-truh-tiv] /ˈprɒs trə tɪv/, adjectivepros·tra·tor, nounun·pros·trat·ed, adjective
Can be confusedprone prostate prostrate supineprostate prostrate
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British Dictionary definitions for prostrate

prostrate


adjective (ˈprɒstreɪt)

verb (prɒˈstreɪt) (tr)

Derived Formsprostration, noun

Word Origin for prostrate

C14: from Latin prōsternere to throw to the ground, from prō- before + sternere to lay low
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Science definitions for prostrate

prostrate

[ prŏstrāt′ ]

Growing flat along the ground. Creeping jenny, pennyroyal, and many species of ivy have a prostrate growth habit.
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