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verb (used with object), su·pi·nat·ed, su·pi·nat·ing.
  1. to turn to a supine position; rotate (the hand or foot) so that the palm or sole is upward.
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verb (used without object), su·pi·nat·ed, su·pi·nat·ing.
  1. to become supinated.
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Origin of supinate

First recorded in 1825–35, supinate is from the Latin word supīnātus (past participle of supīnāre to lay face up). See supine, -ate1
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Historical Examples of supinate

  • The patient is unable to supinate the forearm or to abduct the arm, and in most cases to flex the forearm.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for supinate


  1. to turn (the hand and forearm) so that the palm faces up or forwards
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Derived Formssupination, noun

Word Origin for supinate

C19: from Latin supīnāre to lay on the back, from supīnus supine
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Word Origin and History for supinate


1831, from Latin supinatus, past participle of supinare, from supinus (see supine).

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supinate in Medicine


  1. To assume, or to be placed in, a supine position.
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Related formssu′pi•nation n.
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