recumbent

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adjective re·cum·bent \ri-ˈkəm-bənt\

Definition of recumbent

  1. 1 a :  suggestive of repose :  leaning, resting b :  lying down

  2. 2 :  representing a person lying down <a recumbent statue>

Examples of recumbent in a sentence

  1. … 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

  2. 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

  3. The Egyptian sphinx has the body of a recumbent lion.

Origin and Etymology 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

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>.

RECUMBENT Defined for English Language Learners

recumbent

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adjective re·cum·bent \ri-ˈkəm-bənt\

Definition of recumbent for English Language Learners

  • : lying down


Medical Dictionary

recumbent

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adjective re·cum·bent \-bənt\

Medical Definition of recumbent

  1. :  lying down <a patient recumbent on a stretcher>


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