sedentary

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sed·en·tary

adjective \ˈse-dən-ˌter-ē\

: doing or involving a lot of sitting : not doing or involving much physical activity

: staying or living in one place instead of moving to different places

Full Definition of SEDENTARY

1
:  not migratory :  settled <sedentary birds> <sedentary civilizations>
2
a :  doing or requiring much sitting <a sedentary job>
b :  not physically active <a sedentary lifestyle>
3
:  permanently attached <sedentary barnacles>

Examples of SEDENTARY

  1. Editing the dictionary is a sedentary job.
  2. The work is very sedentary.
  3. Their health problems were caused by their sedentary lifestyles.
  4. He became sedentary later on in his life.

Origin of SEDENTARY

Middle French sedentaire, from Latin sedentarius, from sedent-, sedens, present participle of sedēre to sit — more at sit
First Known Use: 1598

Other Physiology Terms

eructation, flux, gustatory, menarche, myopia, senescence, torpor

Rhymes with SEDENTARY

actuary, adversary, airy-fairy, ancillary, antiquary, apiary, arbitrary, aviary, axillary, bacillary, beriberi, bestiary, biliary, black raspberry, Bloody Mary, boysenberry, breviary, budgetary, calamari, calamary, candleberry, Canterbury, capillary, carpellary, cassowary, catenary, cautionary, cavitary, cemetery, centenary, certiorari, checkerberry, chinaberry, cometary, commentary, commissary, condottiere, coralberry, corollary, coronary, culinary, customary, dictionary, dietary, dignitary, dromedary, dysentery, elderberry, emissary, estuary, farkleberry, February, formulary, fragmentary, fritillary, functionary, funerary, honorary, huckleberry, intermarry, janissary, January, lamasery, lapidary, lectionary, legendary, legionary, lingonberry, literary, loganberry, luminary, mammillary, mandatary, maxillary, medullary, mercenary, miliary, military, millenary, milliary, millinery, missionary, momentary, monastery, mortuary, necessary, ordinary, ossuary, partridgeberry, pensionary, pigmentary, planetary, Pondicherry, prebendary, presbytery, pulmonary, quaternary, red mulberry, reliquary, rowanberry, salivary, salmonberry, salutary, sanctuary, sanguinary, sanitary, secondary, secretary, seminary, silverberry, solitary, sour cherry, stationary, stationery, statuary, subcontrary, sublunary, sugarberry, sumptuary, syllabary, temporary, tertiary, thimbleberry, Tipperary, Tom and Jerry, topiary, tributary, tutelary, Typhoid Mary, unitary, urinary, vestiary, Virgin Mary, visionary, voluntary, vulnerary, Waterbury, whortleberry, winterberry

sed·en·tary

adjective \ˈsed-ən-ˌter-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SEDENTARY

: doing or requiring much sitting : characterized by a lack of physical activity <increased risk of heart disease for those with sedentary jobs>

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