bed·​rid·​den | \ ˈbed-ˌri-dᵊn How to pronounce bedridden (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bedrid \ ˈbed-​ˌrid How to pronounce bedridden (audio) \

Definition of bedridden

: confined (as by illness) to bed

Examples of bedridden in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Phoenix, Yasmine underwent surgery for scoliosis and after that, her daughter became bedridden with chronic nausea and was dry heaving around the clock. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "This mom is a 'loud and proud' cannabis advocate. Here's her THC-infused cookie recipe," 20 Apr. 2021 Instead of taking the oath alongside other soon-to-be citizens, Paw and Myat, who is bedridden with cancer, took the oath of allegiance inside their St. Paul home Friday morning in a special celebration. Peter Warren, Star Tribune, "Karen couple become U.S. citizens in special private ceremony at St. Paul home," 15 Jan. 2021 Conlin relied on him while living alone after grappling with the recent deaths of two close friends, and also from a rare digestive problem that would often leave her bedridden and anxious. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Some Utah landlords are putting up roadblocks for disabled renters and evicting them," 25 Mar. 2021 Bowie had been bedridden with pneumonia through the battle, and met his death fighting from his cot. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Jim Bowie: The Man, the Myth, and the Knife," 16 Mar. 2021 That would explain why Steve was bedridden for three days prior to his death. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "S.C. nurse who fatally poisoned husband with eye drops: "I just wanted him to suffer"," 13 Mar. 2021 The woman was a patient at SunCrest Omni, a local home health agency that provides nursing and cleaning services to people who are bedridden or homebound. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, "Overworked, Underpaid, and Cutting Corners: The Crisis in Home Health Care," 9 Feb. 2021 Within a week, Bertha Bailey would be bedridden and breathless in an intensive care unit. Hanna Krueger,, "Two patients, one week in the hospital, and a world of change," 23 Jan. 2021 Though often bedridden in London hotels and rented flats over the years, Nightingale continued to gather data on every aspect of medical care. Tina Hillier, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Defiance of Florence Nightingale," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bedridden

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bedridden

alteration of Middle English bedrede, bedreden, from Old English bedreda, from bedreda one confined to bed, from bedd bed + -rida, -reda, from rīdan to ride — more at bed entry 1, ride entry 1

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“Bedridden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bedridden

: forced to stay in bed because of illness or weakness


bed·​rid·​den | \ ˈbed-ˌri-dᵊn How to pronounce bedridden (audio) \

Kids Definition of bedridden

: forced to stay in bed by sickness or weakness bedridden patients


bed·​rid·​den | \ ˈbed-ˌrid-ᵊn How to pronounce bedridden (audio) \
variants: also bedrid \ -​ˌrid How to pronounce bedridden (audio) \

Medical Definition of bedridden

: confined to bed (as by illness)

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