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Difference between Prone, Prostate, Prostrate and Supine

Prone means lying face down.

  • The old man enjoys sleeping in the prone position.

Prostate refers to the male gland.

  • The doctor recommends having a yearly prostate exam.

Prostrate also means lying face down (often after an accident) or overcome with grief.

  • The football player lies prostrate after the tackle.
  • Understandably, she was prostrate with much grief.

Supine means lying face up.

  • The beach is full of sun worshippers, supine on the sand.