One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The posture adopted by a person who is lying down.as modifier ‘lumbar puncture with the patient in the lateral decubitus position’
- ‘If the patient cannot sit up, order a left lateral decubitus.’
- ‘The operation was performed with the patient under general anesthesia and in the lateral decubitus position with a thigh tourniquet.’
- ‘Over several weeks, he developed shortness of breath, wheezing, and dyspnea that was worse in the supine position and improved in the decubitus position.’
- ‘The patients were positioned in the lateral decubitus position, under general anesthesia.’
- ‘When supine, the muscle is flattened and bandlike. When decubitus or prone, the sternalis muscle is mobile and may have a bulging appearance.’
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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