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  • likely to or liable to suffer from, do, or experience something, typically something regrettable or unwelcome
  • lying flat, especially face downward
  • with a downward slope or direction
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The back, neck, and wrists are the most prone to injury, Chan says.

He was an objective conductor, not prone to exaggeration.

I soon settled in for some rigorous study, busying myself with my alternately prone and prostrate experiments.

Two of the remaining 27 patients were never placed in the prone position.

Rod lay prone on the sandbar in the firelight, his back hurting him.

His mind, so prone to corruption, had been overtaken.

A man is sometimes very excitable and prone to anger for trivial reasons.

Valgus stress testing in the supine position or resisted knee flexion in the prone position may reproduce the pain.

Field screens are prone to damage by pests and pathogens.

Pulmonary capillary wedge pressure was slightly lower in the prone position.

The devices are meant to make voting easier, more efficient and less prone to error.

You find yourself lying prone on a cold and dusty floor made of stone.

He is, however, also particularly prone to exaggeration, which may make others think of him as ridiculous.

I turned to Jack, who was prone on the floor a few feet away.

Could people who inherit athletic ability also be somehow genetically prone to the disease?

Of the tasks involved in our cases, lymph node searches appear to be especially prone to scalpel injuries.

The skin can crack, becoming red and inflamed and leaving it prone to infection.

Some of the children became prone to violent outbursts, irritability, nightmares, and insomnia.

Riding boards in a prone position has been around probably longer than standup surfing.

Rising from his prone position on the bed, he sat on the edge.

Areas prone to flooding will suffer terribly as sea levels rise over the next century.

In retrospect, it probably should not have been a surprise that volcanoes are prone to collapse.

She was usually silently stubborn but was on occasion prone to emotional outbursts.

His job relates to interacting with the public and to make the area less prone to crime.

First, the rules as written currently are so vague that they are prone to abuse.

The recovery of hamstring muscle strength was poorer when subjects were in the prone position.

I was stunned and stayed in a prone position for a minute or so.

The standard cables are fiber optic but are prone to damage by personnel.

No studies were found that evaluated appropriate interventions for patients placed in the prone position.

Indeed, some people are especially prone to error.