Definition of Supine

Reviewed on 1/13/2022

Supine: This refers to having the back or dorsal surface downward. A person who is in a supine position is lying face up as opposed to prone.

For a more complete listing of terms used in medicine for spatial orientation, please see the entry to "Anatomic Orientation Terms".


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