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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Called decumbiture charts, such were believed to indicate both the cause of the illness and whether or not the patient would recover.
Men like Galen did not follow decumbiture or astrological methods of diagnosis; however, he was an excellent herbalist.
I scarcely know whether The Fighting Sheeney made more of a nuisance of himself during his decumbiture or during the period which followed it -- which period houses an astonishing number of fights, rows, bullyings, etc.
And lucky moment; if her eye but akes Or itches, its decumbiture fhe takes.