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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: po-zish'un


  1. An attitude, posture, or place occupied.
  2. Posture or attitude assumed by a patient for comfort and to facilitate the performance of diagnostic, surgical, or therapeutic procedures.
  3. obstetrics the relation of an arbitrarily chosen portion of the fetus to the right or left side of the mother; with each presentation there may be a right or left position; the fetal occiput, chin, and sacrum are the determining points of position in vertex, face, and breech presentations, respectively.

[L. positio, a placing, position, fr. pono, to place]

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