bedpan

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

Definition of bedpan

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

Examples of bedpan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the late 18th century, more than half of the population of the city of Williamsburg was Black, burdened with the firewood chopping, bedpan emptying, and farming that kept the capital of the colony of Virginia humming. National Geographic, "Historic interpreters share their sides of the story," 26 Sep. 2020 Changing bedpans and lifting armrests and holding shoulders, checking charts, slipping little baggies over the tips of thermometers, inserting I.V. needles. David Means, The New Yorker, "Two Nurses, Smoking," 25 May 2020 The hospital once used the area as a dumping ground, and to the side of the trail in the brambles is a scattering of ancient sinks, bottles and, yes, a few bedpans, though these bikers have been hauling them out. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "A 17-Mile Hike to Unite San Francisco," 18 Nov. 2019 The most intimate care activities are conducted in view of the camera: washing, using a bedpan, changing underwear. The Conversation, oregonlive.com, "Is keeping a web cam on relative in elder care a protection or an invasion of privacy?," 27 July 2019 The most intimate care activities are conducted in view of the camera: washing, using a bedpan, changing underwear. The Conversation, oregonlive.com, "Is keeping a web cam on relative in elder care a protection or an invasion of privacy?," 27 July 2019 The most intimate care activities are conducted in view of the camera: washing, using a bedpan, changing underwear. The Conversation, oregonlive.com, "Is keeping a web cam on relative in elder care a protection or an invasion of privacy?," 27 July 2019 The most intimate care activities are conducted in view of the camera: washing, using a bedpan, changing underwear. The Conversation, oregonlive.com, "Is keeping a web cam on relative in elder care a protection or an invasion of privacy?," 27 July 2019 The most intimate care activities are conducted in view of the camera: washing, using a bedpan, changing underwear. The Conversation, oregonlive.com, "Is keeping a web cam on relative in elder care a protection or an invasion of privacy?," 27 July 2019

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1678, in the meaning defined above

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“Bedpan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bedpan. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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bedpan

noun

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

bedpan

noun
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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