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  • n. A bedsore.
  • n. The posture of someone in bed, or reclining.
  • n. A position assumed in lying down.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An attitude assumed in lying down.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The attitude assumed by a sick person when lying down in bed. See anaclisis.
  • n. Same as bed-sore.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a reclining position (as in a bed)


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Latin de ("down") + cubare ("to recline")


  • The semi-recumbent position held sway in Europe before the time of the obstetric chair, and after a period of great popularity soon disappeared, although its traces remained, especially in the slowly progressing country districts, until the last thirty or forty years, when it finally yielded completely to the dorsal decubitus, which is now almost universal among civilized people.

    Labor Among Primitive Peoples

  • This technology has been applied to many different types of wounds, including chronic radiation ulcers, donor site wounds (the site where a skin graft has been taken from to be used on a wound at a different location), chronic ulcers in diabetics, pressure wounds (such as decubitus ulcers from when a patient who cannot move on their own may lay on one part of their body and have pressure between their bones and the surface they lie on cause a wound), traumatic and surgical wounds, certain abdominal wounds, as well as many others.

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  • Nosocomial infections (hospital induced) by MRSA are not limited to those with decubitus ulcers (bed sores).

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  • That is just too precious: ‘dr’ attempting to lecture about decubitus ulcers without having an understanding of the subject. [ 'dr' is now furiously googling wikipedia to prove 'yes he does know'].

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  • So, I couldn't tell them about the painful spot in my low back until it turned into the beginning of a decubitus ulcer.


  • I've never ever had a pressure ulcer also called a "bedsore" or decubitus ulcer anywhere on my body, including my tailbone, in part because I've spent quite a bit of time lobbying on it's behalf every time I put my body into strangers' hands, lay on a hard x-ray table, or require other people's assistance in keeping it healthy.

    The Russian

  • Malnutrition can lead to the development of decubitus ulcers and prevents existing decubitus ulcers from healing.

    Family Member Guide to Nursing Homes

  • Pressure sores or pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers are all probably better terms.

    Andrea Dworkin on disability

  • They could develop decubitus ulcers that may not heal and could kill them.

    Regarding The CAT Scan Of Terri Schiavo’s Brain

  • He stayed off -- when you have a decubitus ulcer, you have to stay off of it.

    CNN Transcript Feb 22, 2005


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  • Bloody oozing, odour and haemorrhage occur from his decubitus ulcers.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    September 28, 2008