adjective re·cum·bent \ri-ˈkəm-bənt\

: lying down

Full Definition of RECUMBENT

a :  suggestive of repose :  leaning, resting
b :  lying down
:  representing a person lying down <a recumbent statue>

Examples of RECUMBENT

  1. The Egyptian sphinx has the body of a recumbent lion.
  2. … the psychiatrist's popular image remains that of a little bearded figure with a Central European accent, scribbling away in a notebook behind his recumbent patient. —Roland Littlewood, Times Literary Supplement, September 1984


Latin recumbent-, recumbens, present participle of recumbere to lie down, from re- + -cumbere to lie down; akin to Latin cubare to lie
First Known Use: 1664

Synonym Discussion of RECUMBENT

prone, supine, prostrate, recumbent mean lying down. prone implies a position with the front of the body turned toward the supporting surface <push-ups require a prone position>. supine implies lying on one's back and suggests inertness or abjectness <lying supine on the couch>. prostrate implies lying full-length as in submission, defeat, or physical collapse <a runner fell prostrate at the finish line>. recumbent implies the posture of one sleeping or resting <a patient comfortably recumbent in a hospital bed>.

Rhymes with RECUMBENT

Medical Dictionary


adjective re·cum·bent \-bənt\

Medical Definition of RECUMBENT

:  lying down <a patient recumbent on a stretcher>


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