decubitus (de-kyu´bi-tus)

1. The position of the patient in bed; e.g., dorsal d., lateral d. See decubitus film. 2. Sometimes used in referring to a decubitus ulcer. [L. decumbo, to lie down]
Andral's d. position assumed by the patient who lies on the sound side in cases of beginning pleurisy.
ventral d. pressure sores (decubitus ulceration) occurring in ventral locations, such as the abdominal wall or the anterior surface of an extremity.


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