recumbent

[ ri-kuhm-buhnt ]
/ rɪˈkʌm bənt /

adjective

lying down; reclining; leaning.
inactive; idle.
Zoology, Botany. noting a part that leans or reposes upon its surface of origin.

noun

a recumbent person, animal, plant, etc.

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Origin of recumbent

1765–75; <Latin recumbent- (stem of recumbēns), present participle of recumbere to lie back, equivalent to re-re- + cumb-, akin to cubāre to lie down + -ent--ent

OTHER WORDS FROM recumbent

re·cum·ben·cy, re·cum·bence, nounre·cum·bent·ly, adverbun·re·cum·bent, adjectiveun·re·cum·bent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for recumbent

recumbent
/ (rɪˈkʌmbənt) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of recumbent

recumbence or recumbency, nounrecumbently, adverb

Word Origin for recumbent

C17: from Latin recumbere to lie back, from re- + cumbere to lie
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Medical definitions for recumbent

recumbent
[ rĭ-kŭmbənt ]

adj.

Lying down, especially in a position of comfort; reclining.

Other words from recumbent

re•cumbence null n.
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