- Prostration Pros*tra"tion, n. [L. prostratio: cf. F.
1. The act of prostrating, throwing down, or laying fiat; as,
the prostration of the body.
A greater prostration of reason than of body. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Note: Prostration, in its medical use, is analogous to the state of a spring lying under such a weight that it is incapable of action; while exhaustion is analogous to the state of a spring deprived of its elastic powers. The word, however, is often used to denote any great depression of the vital powers. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.