from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lying-down of a person due to illness.
  • n. A branch of astrology dealing with diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of an illness based on the astrological conditions at the onset of the illness.
  • n. An astrological chart cast for the first day of an illness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Confinement to a sick bed, or time of taking to one's bed from sickness.
  • n. Aspect of the heavens at the time of taking to one's sick bed, by which the prognostics of recovery or death were made.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The time at which a sick person takes to his bed, or during which he is confined to it by disease.
  • n. In astrology, the figure of the heavens erected for the time of a person's first taking to his bed from illness. Prognostics of recovery or death were derived from this figure.


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  • Grave illness affrights, to be sure

    But the stoic shows no discomfiture,

    He calmly awaits

    The word of the fates

    On the outcome of his decumbiture.

    January 21, 2015