[ soo-puh-neyt ]
/ ˈsu pəˌneɪt /
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verb (used with object), su·pi·nat·ed, su·pi·nat·ing.

to turn to a supine position; rotate (the hand or foot) so that the palm or sole is upward.

verb (used without object), su·pi·nat·ed, su·pi·nat·ing.

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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Example sentences from the Web for 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

/ (ˈsuːpɪˌneɪt, ˈsjuː-) /


to turn (the hand and forearm) so that the palm faces up or forwards

Derived forms of supinate

supination, noun

Word Origin for supinate

C19: from Latin supīnāre to lay on the back, from supīnus supine
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Medical definitions for supinate

[ sōōpə-nāt′ ]


To assume, or to be placed in, a supine position.

Other words from supinate

su′pi•nation n.
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