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 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 Readmissions strain hospital resources, and returning patients may be exposed to new infections or develop muscle atrophy from being bedridden. New York Times, "He Was Hospitalized for Covid-19. Then Hospitalized Again. And Again.," 30 Dec. 2020 In March, the emergency room doctor was bedridden with the first case of the coronavirus among his colleagues at a hospital in Wales. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "As U.K. Begins Vaccinations, a Glimpse of Life After Covid," 8 Dec. 2020 With staffing short, there often aren’t enough nurses or aides to lift or turn a bedridden patient properly. Washington Post, "In a relentless pandemic, nursing home workers are worn down and stressed out," 9 Sep. 2020 The court documents said Harwell and Henry are now both bedridden and unable to work on the case. NBC News, "Lisa Montgomery, 1st woman to face federal execution in decades: lawyers have Covid, seek delay," 14 Nov. 2020 For the next few weeks, the couple and their daughter, Danielle, 19, were all bedridden in separate rooms of their house in Chalmette. Katy Reckdahl,, "'The impact of work': On-the-job coronavirus exposure a key driver in Black, Latino communities," 17 Oct. 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 25 Feb. 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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