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1. Lying down, especially in a position of comfort or rest; reclining.
2. Resting; idle.
3. Biology Resting on the surface from which it arises. Used of an organ or other structure.
A recumbent bicycle.

[Latin recumbēns, recumbent-, present participle of recumbere, to lie down : re-, re- + cumbere, to lie.]

re·cum′bence, re·cum′ben·cy n.
re·cum′bent·ly adv.
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The times between the cessation of the CRI of propofol and the positioning of the animal in sternal recumbency (SR) and the standing position (SP), were recorded.
On presentation, the owl was depressed and in sternal recumbency and was determined to be approximately 5% dehydrated with good capillary refill time assessed on the cutaneous ulnar vein.
The dog was positioned in sternal recumbency and both eyes were washed with normal saline solution followed by 5% Povidone iodine.
Deciding which cases are suitable for treatment can be difficult but a rule of thumb is that as long as the cow is comfortable, in sternal recumbency, and eating and drinking well it is worth continuing with nursing.
The family members noted that the cat was reluctant to lie in lateral recumbency and instead rested in sternal recumbency with neck extended, which was indicative of dyspnea.
The male chases the female and pushes her into sternal recumbency, allowing the male to mount.
However, moose immobilized with carfentanil-xylazine are usually not able to support sternal recumbency and may be more susceptible to aspiration pneumonia (Kreeger 2000).
The appropriate dose of each drug to produce standing chemical restraint or sternal recumbency was evaluated based on the onset time, the duration of maximum effect, and the duration of sedation.
aeneofusca in the examined cattle were uniform and mainly consisted of lethargy, prolonged sternal recumbency, lateral decubitus, reluctance to move or get up, fatigue, tachypnea, tachycardia, and positive venous pulse.
The animals were restrained in sternal recumbency and sedated with Xylazine hydrochloride (0.
Clinical signs of goats in Group 2 (control) were characterized by tachycardia and tachypnea, followed by engorgement of the jugular vein and positive venous pulse and culminating with depression, reluctance to walk, muscle tremors, incoordination and sternal recumbency.