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  • adjective Lying over or upon something.

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  • adjective lying over or upon something else

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  • adjective placed on or over something else


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over- +‎ lying


  • Bursae are small fluid-filled sacs that serve as cushions and reduce friction between bone and other moving parts, such as overlying muscle, tendons, or skin. Arthritis

  • Babies can die of suffocation when their airways are obstructed by lying against their mother - a phenomenon known as 'overlying'.

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  • However, the CPSC did research on this "overlying" danger with cosleeping and found that healthy situations produced good results for parents and child.

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  • However, the CPSC did research on this "overlying" danger with cosleeping and found that healthy situations produced good results for parents and child.

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  • Khuggur it rises gradually, and beyond Gundamuck loses all characters of tabularity, it consists of sand, overlying which is a bed of blocks or often of boulders; in this sand, which is here and there easily pulverised, (in other places it is pressed as it were into slabs of no great thickness;) layers or beds of conglomerate frequently occur, either regularly or irregularly; in one case two conglomerated beds approached at an angle and then united.

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  • I love the way Sarajevans express themselves; it's a kind of world-weary, mordant wit overlying an amazing ability to absorb and survive great suffering.

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  • During a La Nina, winds enhance upwelling along the west coast of South America, bringing cold ocean waters to the surface and cooling the overlying air.

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  • As the disasters in the US demonstrate, the point is not just whether groundwater is present in the shale formation, but whether it is present in the overlying formations, through which the drill must pass, or into which the fractures might spread.

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  • In these cases, such as hydrancephaly and holoprosencephaly, the ventricles are not only relatively enlarged but also often distorted due to overlying parenchymal abnormalities.


  • The procedure was intended to remove all cancer cells of the breast, the overlying skin, the underlying muscle and regional lymph nodes.

    Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD: The Problem with Interventional Drug Therapy for Coronary Heart Disease


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