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decubitus Line breaks: de|cubi¦tus
Pronunciation: /dɪˈkjuːbɪtəs/

Definition of decubitus in English:


[mass noun] chiefly Medicine
The posture adopted by a person who is lying down: [as modifier]: lumbar puncture with the patient in the lateral decubitus position
More example sentences
  • The operation was performed with the patient under general anesthesia and in the lateral decubitus position with a thigh tourniquet.
  • The patients were positioned in the lateral decubitus position, under general anesthesia.
  • If the patient cannot sit up, order a left lateral decubitus.


Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin decumbere 'lie down', on the pattern of words such as accubitus 'reclining at table'.

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