Definition of supinate in English:



[with object]Anatomy
  • 1Turn or hold (a hand, foot, or limb) so that the palm or sole is facing upwards or outwards.

    ‘the clinician notes the magnitude of force that is required to supinate the foot from its resting position’
    Compare with pronate
    • ‘This study has determined that the elbow joints of large canids do not converge on a single morphotype and that all analyzed species of borophagines and hesperocyonines have retained the ability to supinate their forearms.’
    • ‘The biceps come into play quite strongly to supinate your hands, as well as to flex the arms.’
    • ‘The examiner grasps the wrist, resisting attempts by the patient to actively supinate the arm and flex the elbow.’
    • ‘When a fracture of the hook of the hamate is suspected, physicians should include the carpal tunnel and supinated oblique views.’
    • ‘To correct the clubfoot, the cavus is corrected first by supinating the forefoot and dorsiflexing the first metatarsal.’
    1. 1.1no object Walk or run with most of the weight on the outside of the feet.
      • ‘If you can only see the ball and heel of your foot, you supinate and need a shoe that offers more cushioning.’
      • ‘Then you can increase acceleration even more by supinating.’


Mid 19th century (earlier ( mid 17th century) as supination): back-formation from supination, from Latin supinatio(n-), from supinare ‘lay backwards’, from supinus (see supine).