Definitions for: Prostration

[n] the act of assuming a prostrate position
[n] abject submission; the emotional equivalent of prostrating your body
[n] a condition marked by dizziness and nausea and weakness caused by depletion of body fluids and electrolytes

Webster (1913) Definition: Pros*tra"tion, n. [L. prostratio: cf. F.
1. The act of prostrating, throwing down, or laying fiat; as,
the prostration of the body.

2. The act of falling down, or of bowing in humility or
adoration; primarily, the act of falling on the face, but
usually applied to kneeling or bowing in reverence and

A greater prostration of reason than of body.

3. The condition of being prostrate; great depression;
lowness; dejection; as, a postration of spirits. ``A
sudden prostration of strength.'' --Arbuthnot.

4. (Med.) A latent, not an exhausted, state of the vital
energies; great oppression of natural strength and vigor.

Note: Prostration, in its medical use, is analogous to the
state of a spring lying under such a weight that it is
incapable of action; while exhaustion is analogous to
the state of a spring deprived of its elastic powers.
The word, however, is often used to denote any great
depression of the vital powers.

Synonyms: heat exhaustion, heat prostration

See Also: compliance, heat hyperpyrexia, heatstroke, motility, motion, move, movement, submission

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