bed rest


Definition of bed rest

: confinement of a sick person to bed

Examples of bed rest in a Sentence

The doctor prescribed bed rest for a month.

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The family tried traditional medicine – chemotherapy and bed rest, but that only left Mama listless. Mark Davis, ajc, "Personal Journeys: A class by herself," 8 June 2018 Except for the seriously ill, the core treatment is little changed: fluids, bed rest, general nursing care and something to reduce the fever. William F. Bynum, WSJ, "‘Pandemic 1918’ and ‘Influenza’ Review: Fire, Ice or Virus?," 4 Jan. 2019 Williams developed life-threatening blood clots in the process and was confined to bed rest for six weeks afterward. Liz Clarke,, "Serena Williams is given the No. 25 seed for Wimbledon," 27 June 2018 Research suggests that nearly 20 percent of pregnant women are prescribed bed rest each year, for diagnoses ranging from preeclampsia and preterm labor to simply being pregnant with multiples. Aileen Weintraub, Glamour, "My High-Risk Pregnancy Almost Plunged Me Into Financial Ruin," 11 May 2018 Doctors have over the years prescribed bed rest, pills and, in extreme cases, surgery. Daisy Yuhas, Scientific American, "Forget Pills and Surgery for Back Pain," 1 Oct. 2017 At the time, Mr. Levitt, now 41, had recently sold his tech company and was taking care of his wife, who was on bed rest with a difficult pregnancy, and their toddler. New York Times, "For House Flippers, Reality Meets Reality TV," 15 June 2018 After a miscarriage in 2014, Christina conceived again and was put on bed rest. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Really Led to Christina and Tarek El Moussa's Divorce," 25 June 2018 Doctors found a large hematoma in her abdomen during surgery, and she was placed on bed rest for six weeks. Stephanie Petit,, "Serena Williams Reveals Her First Thought After Learning She Was Pregnant: 'How Am I Going to Play?'," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bed rest

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bed rest was in 1902

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English Language Learners Definition of bed rest

: rest while lying in a bed

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Medical Definition of bed rest

: confinement of a sick person to bed

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