Definition of prone in English:

prone

adjective

  • 1prone to/to do somethingLikely or liable to suffer from, do, or experience something unpleasant or regrettable.

    ‘farmed fish are prone to disease’
    in combination ‘he was written off by many as too injury-prone’
    • ‘His mind, so prone to corruption, had been overtaken.’
    • ‘The standard cables are fiber optic but are prone to damage by personnel.’
    • ‘The devices are meant to make voting easier, more efficient and less prone to error.’
    • ‘She was usually silently stubborn but was on occasion prone to emotional outbursts.’
    • ‘Areas prone to flooding will suffer terribly as sea levels rise over the next century.’
    • ‘First, the rules as written currently are so vague that they are prone to abuse.’
    • ‘The skin can crack, becoming red and inflamed and leaving it prone to infection.’
    • ‘Generally, the link between adrenalin making people more prone to heart failure is not well established.’
    • ‘In retrospect, it probably should not have been a surprise that volcanoes are prone to collapse.’
    • ‘Could people who inherit athletic ability also be somehow genetically prone to the disease?’
    • ‘He is, however, also particularly prone to exaggeration, which may make others think of him as ridiculous.’
    • ‘Indeed, some people are especially prone to error.’
    • ‘A man is sometimes very excitable and prone to anger for trivial reasons.’
    • ‘He was an objective conductor, not prone to exaggeration.’
    • ‘His job relates to interacting with the public and to make the area less prone to crime.’
    • ‘Some of the children became prone to violent outbursts, irritability, nightmares, and insomnia.’
    • ‘Field screens are prone to damage by pests and pathogens.’
    • ‘The back, neck, and wrists are the most prone to injury, Chan says.’
    • ‘Passive smoking affects non-smokers and makes them more prone to respiratory infections.’
    • ‘Of the tasks involved in our cases, lymph node searches appear to be especially prone to scalpel injuries.’
    susceptible, vulnerable, liable, inclined, given, subject, disposed, predisposed, open
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  • 2Lying flat, especially face downwards.

    ‘I was lying prone on a foam mattress’
    ‘a prone position’
    • ‘I soon settled in for some rigorous study, busying myself with my alternately prone and prostrate experiments.’
    • ‘You find yourself lying prone on a cold and dusty floor made of stone.’
    • ‘No studies were found that evaluated appropriate interventions for patients placed in the prone position.’
    • ‘Rod lay prone on the sandbar in the firelight, his back hurting him.’
    • ‘Valgus stress testing in the supine position or resisted knee flexion in the prone position may reproduce the pain.’
    • ‘Pulmonary capillary wedge pressure was slightly lower in the prone position.’
    • ‘Rising from his prone position on the bed, he sat on the edge.’
    • ‘Riding boards in a prone position has been around probably longer than standup surfing.’
    • ‘I was stunned and stayed in a prone position for a minute or so.’
    • ‘The recovery of hamstring muscle strength was poorer when subjects were in the prone position.’
    • ‘Two of the remaining 27 patients were never placed in the prone position.’
    • ‘Thin axial slices through the abdomen are obtained in supine and prone positions.’
    • ‘I turned to Jack, who was prone on the floor a few feet away.’
    face down, lying face down, face downwards, on one's stomach, on one's front
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    1. 2.1technical Denoting the position of the forearm with the palm of the hand facing downwards.
    2. 2.2archaic With a downward slope or direction.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin pronus ‘leaning forward’, from pro ‘forwards’.

Pronunciation

prone

/prəʊn/