- lying down; reclining; leaning.
- inactive; idle.
- Zoology, Botany. noting a part that leans or reposes upon its surface of origin.
- a recumbent person, animal, plant, etc.
Origin of recumbent
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Examples from the Web for recumbency
The standing position is not often maintained, the patient seeking relief in recumbency.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
Some writers state that it may be produced by confining an animal in recumbency, with the casting harness.Lameness of the Horse
John Victor Lacroix
- lying down; reclining
- (of a part or organ) leaning or resting against another organ or the grounda recumbent stem
- (of a fold in a rock formation) in which the axial plane is nearly horizontal
Word Origin and History for recumbency
1705, from Latin recumbentem (nominative recumbens), present participle of recumbere "recline, lie down, lie down again;" of things, "to fall, sink down, settle down," from re- "back" (see re-) + -cumbere "to lie down" (see succumb). Related: Recumbency (1640s). A verb, recumb, has been attempted in English occasionally since 1670s.
- Lying down, especially in a position of comfort; reclining.