What is the medical term for prone?

Medical Definition of Prone. Prone: With the front (or ventral) surface downward. To lie prone is to lie face downward. Prone is as opposed to supine. For a more complete listing of terms used in medicine for spatial orientation, please see the entry to "Anatomic Orientation Terms".

Similarly, you may ask, what does prone to something mean?

having a natural inclination or tendency to something; disposed; liable: to be prone to anger. having the front or ventral part downward; lying face downward.

What does supine mean in anatomy?

The supine position (/s?ˈpa?n/ or /ˈsuːpa?n/) means lying horizontally with the face and torso facing up, as opposed to the prone position, which is face down. Using anatomical terms of location, the dorsal side is down, and the ventral side is up, when supine.

Why would you put a patient in prone position?

During prone positioning, ventilation is improved due to changes in pleural pressure (PPL) and the amount of lung atelectasis present. When a patient with ARDS is placed prone, the dorsal lung is no longer subject to high PPL and dorsal lung atelectasis decreases.

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