Definition of decubitus in English:


Syllabification: de·cub·i·tus
Pronunciation: /diˈkyo͞obitəs


chiefly Medicine
  • The posture adopted by a person who is lying down: [as modifier]: lumbar puncture with the patient in the lateral decubitus position
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    • 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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