genupectoral position


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knee-·chest po·si·tion

a prone posture resting on the knees and upper part of the chest, assumed for gynecologic or rectal examination.

genupectoral position

[je′no̅o̅pek′tərəl]
Etymology: L, genu, knee, pectus, breast, positio
knee-chest position. To assume the genupectoral position the person kneels so that the weight of the body is supported by the knees and chest, with the buttocks raised. The head is turned to one side and the arms are flexed so that the upper part of the body can be supported in part by the elbows.
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Genupectoral position

knee-chest po·si·tion

(nē-chest pŏ-zish'ŏn)
A prone posture resting on the knees and upper part of the chest, assumed for gynecologic or rectal examination.
Synonym(s): genupectoral position.

genupectoral position

A position with the patient on the knees, thighs upright, the head and upper part of the chest resting on the table, arms crossed above the head. It is employed in displacement of a prolapsed fundus, dislodgment of the impacted head of a fetus, management of transverse presentation, replacement of a retroverted uterus or displaced ovary, or flushing of the intestinal canal.
Synonym: knee-chest position See: dorsal recumbent position for illus.
See also: position