[ suhb-jey-suh nt ]
/ sʌbˈdʒeɪ sənt /


situated or occurring underneath or below; underlying.
forming a basis.
lower than but not directly under something.


Origin of subjacent

1590–1600; < Latin subjacent- (stem of subjacēns), present participle of subjacēre to underlie, equivalent to sub- sub- + jac(ēre) to lie + -ent- -ent

Related forms

sub·ja·cen·cy, nounsub·ja·cent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for subjacent


/ (sʌbˈdʒeɪsənt) /


forming a foundation; underlying
lower than though not directly belowtall peaks and their subjacent valley

Derived Forms

subjacency, nounsubjacently, adverb

Word Origin for subjacent

C16: from Latin subjacēre to lie close, adjoin, be under, from sub- + jacēre to lie
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Medicine definitions for subjacent


[ sŭb-jāsənt ]


Below or beneath another part.

Related forms

sub•jacen•cy n.
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