Definition of Trendelenburg position in English:

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Trendelenburg position

Pronunciation: /trenˈdelənˌbərɡ pəˌziSH(ə)n/


A position, used for pelvic surgery and to treat shock, in which a patient lies face upward on a tilted table or bed with the pelvis higher than the head.
Example sentences
  • A deterioration in cardiac performance occurred when patients were moved from the Trendelenburg position to the supine position.
  • These findings suggest that placing a patient in the modified Trendelenburg position can effectively displace blood from the lower extremities into the central circulation to improve hemodynamics.
  • Hypotension is treated by placing the patient in the Trendelenburg position and administering IV fluids.


Late 19th century: named after Friedrich Trendelenburg (1844–1924), German surgeon.

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Syllabification: Tren·de·len·burg po·si·tion

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