bed·​rid·​den | \ˈbed-ˌri-dᵊn \
variants: or less commonly bedrid \ˈbed-​ˌrid \

Definition of bedridden 

: confined (as by illness) to bed

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My mom, who is 79, has emphysema that keeps her on oxygen and bedridden nearly 24 hours a day. Jill Gleeson, Woman's Day, "My Brother Died of an Overdose at 43," 6 Dec. 2016 At each delivery, women jump out of the van wearing plastic gloves and carry food to the homes of the nearly 100 bedridden or elderly people in this small community. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "Months after Maria, Puerto Ricans take recovery into their own hands," 7 May 2018 After 14 months off the court to recover not just from childbirth, but from near fatal complications that kept her bedridden for six weeks, Williams will compete in the French Open, dropped from her previous rank of No. 1 down to No. 453. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Serena Williams Will Return to Grand Slam Tennis At a Lower Rank Because the Sport Still Treats Childbirth Like an Injury," 22 May 2018 Last year, hospitalized and bedridden for several months following a suicide attempt, Salina Marie Gomez turned on individual notifications for Elon Musk’s tweets. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "The gospel of Elon Musk, according to his flock," 26 June 2018 Cuoco posted a photo to Instagram on Thursday of herself bedridden in the hospital and recovering from an apparent shoulder surgery. Julius Young, Fox News, "'Big Bang' star Kaley Couco undergoes shoulder surgery days after marrying Karl Cook," 6 July 2018 Elizabeth looks around the room and notices paintings by Erica (Miriam Shor), the dying, bedridden artist who was married to one of Elizabeth's targets. Hank Stuever,, "In a somber, satisfying 'Americans' finale, Philip and Elizabeth make a painful choice," 31 May 2018 Barbara, nearly blind at 66, died bedridden and alone of a heart attack in 1979 in the penthouse of The Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Stephanie Mansfield, Town & Country, "Inside the World's Richest Rivalry: Doris Duke and Barbara Hutton," 26 Apr. 2017 Loss of muscle power begins within a day or two of becoming bedridden, explains Amit Arora, a geriatrician. The Economist, "Why Britain’s hospitals are waging a war on pyjamas," 14 June 2018

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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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The first known use of bedridden was before the 12th century

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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 \

Kids Definition of bedridden

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


bed·​rid·​den | \ˈbed-ˌrid-ᵊn \
variants: also bedrid \-​ˌrid \

Medical Definition of bedridden 

: confined to bed (as by illness)

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