A position in which the patient lies down, facedown with their back up.

Reccomended for snorers to muffle the noise. Many patients with back surgery are in this position. Great for acupuncture.

Prone (?), a. [L. pronus, akin to Gr. , , Skr. pravana sloping, inclined, and also to L. pro forward, for. See Pro-.]


Bending forward; inclined; not erect.

Towards him they bend With awful reverence prone. Milton.


Prostrate; flat; esp., lying with the face down; -- opposed to supine.

Which, as the wind, Blew where it listed, laying all things prone. Byron.


Headlong; running downward or headlong.

"Down thither prone in flight."



Sloping, with reference to a line or surface; declivous; inclined; not level.

Since the floods demand, For their descent, a prone and sinking land. Blackmore.


Inclined; propense; disposed; -- applied to the mind or affections, usually in an ill sense. Followed by to.

"Prone to mischief."


Poets are nearly all prone to melancholy. Landor.


© Webster 1913.

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