Simple Definition of recumbent
: lying down
Examples of recumbent
… 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
A recumbent figure started up from the grass and came running toward them through the flickering screen of light and shade. —Willa Cather, O Pioneers!, 1913
The Egyptian sphinx has the body of a recumbent lion.
Origin of recumbent
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
Medical Definition of recumbent
: lying down <a patient recumbent on a stretcher>
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