bed·​pan | \ ˈbed-ˌpan How to pronounce bedpan (audio) \

Definition of bedpan

: a shallow vessel used by a bedridden person for urination or defecation

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The grotesquely racist patient who hurled bedpans at any caregiver of color who entered his room. Corinne Purtill, Quartz at Work, "A simple strategy helps doctors fight burnout. Could it work for the rest of us?," 5 June 2019 Now the 31-year-old is poised to turn his flash-in-the-bedpan success into a lucrative brand that can be summed up by his Instagram bio: The Fart Authority. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Who’s really being silenced on Twitter?," 25 Aug. 2018 Metcalf revels in the gallows humor of an eldercare companion who has emptied one too many bedpans. Charles Mcnulty,, "Glenda Jackson steals the show in a thrilling, emotionally affecting 'Three Tall Women' on Broadway," 30 Mar. 2018 Douglas Manor in Windham was fined $1 after a resident, who was supposed to be checked for incontinence every two hours, was inadvertently left on a bedpan for five hours on Oct. 13, 2017., "State Fines Six Nursing Homes After Residents Injured," 23 Mar. 2018 In other news: - John Bradley talks about the evolution of Sam Tarly and those gross bedpan scenes. USA TODAY, "Postcards From Westeros Volume 13," 16 Aug. 2017 The new working class contains many of the traditional blue-collar occupations — truck driver, electrician, plumber — but by and large its members are more likely to wield mops than hammers, and bedpans rather than trowels. Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times, "Divisions .Of Labor," 23 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of bedpan

1678, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bedpan

: a shallow pan used as a toilet by a person who is too ill to get out of bed


bed·​pan | \ ˈbed-ˌpan How to pronounce bedpan (audio) \

Medical Definition of bedpan

: a shallow vessel used by a bedridden person for urination or defecation

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