subjacent

[suhb-jey-suhnt]
adjective
1.
situated or occurring underneath or below; underlying.
2.
forming a basis.
3.
lower than but not directly under something.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin subjacent- (stem of subjacēns), present participle of subjacēre to underlie, equivalent to sub- sub- + jac(ēre) to lie + -ent- -ent

subjacency, noun
subjacently, adverb
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subjacent (sʌbˈdʒeɪsənt)
 
adj
1.  forming a foundation; underlying
2.  lower than though not directly below: tall peaks and their subjacent valley
 
[C16: from Latin subjacēre to lie close, adjoin, be under, from sub- + jacēre to lie]
 
sub'jacency
 
n
 
sub'jacently
 
adv

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subjacent
1597, from L. subjacentem, from subjacens, prp. of subjacere "to lie underneath" (see subject)
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subjacent sub·ja·cent (sŭb-jā'sənt)
adj.
Below or beneath another part.


sub·ja'cen·cy n.
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Example sentences
The upper dam collapsed first, slumping in the subjacent and triggering the collapse of the lower dam.
As the cells multiply they extend into the subjacent mesoderm, and thus form a ridge or strand of cells imbedded in mesoderm.
Both heads, also, arise from the subjacent part of the capsule of the knee.
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