decubitus

decubitus

[dih-kyoo-bi-tuhs]
noun, plural decubitus. Medicine/Medical.
any position assumed by a patient when lying in bed.

Origin:
1865–70; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin dēcubi-, variant stem of dēcumbere to lie down, take to one's bed (dē- de- + -cumbere, telic v., with nasal infix, corresponding to cubāre to lie) + -tus suffix of verbal action

decubital, adjective
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decubitus (dɪˈkjuːbɪtəs)
 
n
med the posture adopted when lying down
 
[C19: Latin, past participle of decumbere to lie down]
 
de'cubital
 
adj

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decubitus
1866, Mod.L., from decumbere "to lie down."
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decubitus de·cu·bi·tus (dĭ-kyōō'bĭ-təs)
n.

  1. The position of a patient in bed.

  2. A bedsore.

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