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1. Located beneath or below; underlying.
2. Lying at a lower level but not directly beneath.

[Latin subiacēns, subiacent-, present participle of subiacēre, to lie beneath : sub-, sub- + iacēre, to lie; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]

sub·ja′cen·cy n.


1. forming a foundation; underlying
2. lower than though not directly below: tall peaks and their subjacent valley.
[C16: from Latin subjacēre to lie close, adjoin, be under, from sub- + jacēre to lie]
subˈjacency n
subˈjacently adv


(sʌbˈdʒeɪ sənt)

1. situated or occurring underneath or below; underlying.
2. forming a basis.
3. lower than but not directly under something.
[1590–1600; < Latin subjacent-, s. of subjacēns, present participle of subjacēre to underlie =sub- sub- + jacēre to lie; see -ent]
sub•ja′cen•cy, n.
sub•ja′cent•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.subjacent - lying nearby but lower; "hills and subjacent valleys"
superjacent - lying immediately above or on something else
References in classic literature ?
These restless marauders, as has already been observed, are apt to be continually on the prowl about the skirts of the mountains; and even when encamped in some deep and secluded glen, they keep scouts upon the cliffs and promontories, who, unseen themselves, can discern every living thing that moves over the subjacent plains and valleys.
The weather was remarkably fine, and the view of the subjacent country - a most romantic one when seen from any point, - was now especially sublime.
The skin over the lesions was freely mobile over the subjacent tissues.
Key imaging features of high-grade spondylolytic (isthmic Type 2a) spondylolisthesis Key imaging features * Spondylolysis: pars interarticularis stress (fatigue) fracture that usually occurs during childhood or early adolescence * Most common at L5 * Anterior displacement of the vertebral body and corresponding posterior displacement of the neural arch resulting in characteristic palpable "step defect" (see Figure 1) * Bowline of Brailsford on frontal radiograph (see Figure 2) * Trapezoidal shape of listhetic vertebral body and corresponding "rounding" of the subjacent sacral base (see Figure 4) (These are signs of chronic, longstanding vertebral body displacement.
Three months later, repeat MRI of the brain showed decreased T2 hyperintensity associated with volume loss and ex vacuo dilatation of the subjacent right lateral ventricle.
When faced with metaphor, we sense that it is turning into a vehicle of knowledge, and intuitively (in surveying the subjacent metonymic chains) we grasp its legitimacy; but until analysis has brought these subjacent metonymic chains to light, we must recognize that metaphors imply additional knowledge.
30] Superficial BCC is characterised by a proliferation of atypical basaloid cells that form an axis parallel to the epidermal surface and slit-like retraction of the palisaded basal cells from the subjacent stroma.
Epidural hemorrhage, as seen in this group, will typically be constrained by an overlying attenuated tectorial membrane, partially stripped from the clivus and subjacent atlanto-axial junction.
or 6 if the observation belongs to the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth category, respectively; t is the threshold value for which an arbitrary value will be fixed since it is not estimable; Ui is the subjacent variable value for the mentioned observation; [phi] is the cumulative distribution function of a standard-normal variable (indicator of a function with value 1 if the expression is evaluated as true and 0in the opposite case).
From the clinical point of view, it is well known that damage restricted to Broca's area does not result in the classical Broca's aphasia; extension to the insula, lower motor cortex (including BA47), and subjacent subcortical and periventricular white matter is required (Alexander, Naeser, & Palumbo, 1990; Benson & Ardila, 1996).
9) However, with disease progression, (4) pleuroparenchymal thickening, with the thickness ranging from 4 to 15 mm, can be seen, and this is associated with subjacent fibrosis and elevated hilar shadows.