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 David Bravo has two days to learn the basics of nursing: taking a pulse, changing a bedpan — even practicing dressing other people’s bodies by putting socks on a mannequin. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Feb. 2022 Would people drink apple juice if it was served in a brand-new bedpan? New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021 The curriculum covers the practical aspects of working in a nursing home: bed-making, catheter care, using a bedpan and transferring residents from a wheelchair to a bed. Sarah Varney, The Enquirer, 18 Jan. 2022 That all of it — the ancient text, the washed dish, the emptied bedpan — manifests love and death. Bonnie Tsui, New York Times, 9 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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, 18 Nov. 2019 The most intimate care activities are conducted in view of the camera: washing, using a bedpan, changing underwear. The Conversation,, 27 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of bedpan

1678, in the meaning defined above

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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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