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

Definition of bedridden

: confined (as by illness) to bed

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As a young boy, George was diagnosed with polio and bedridden for four months. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "Wilkerson Intermediate students celebrate art of George Rodrigue," 16 Sep. 2019 Patients with severe cases are bedridden for years and rarely move or speak. Mike Mariani, The New Yorker, "A Town for People with Chronic Fatigue," 3 Sep. 2019 Many of the residents were bedridden and had dementia, respiratory ailments or heart conditions. Megan O'matz,, "Inside the Hollywood Hills nursing home: Soaring temperatures, dying patients and a nurse asleep. Where were the people in charge?," 26 Aug. 2019 The room where Wise was bedridden for years now is an altar room crowded with statues and relics. Washington Post, "‘Miracle house’ in Ohio draws pilgrims amid sainthood push," 18 Aug. 2019 A few months ago, Quillin suffered a broken tailbone which left him mostly bedridden and unable to care for himself. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Glenn Quillin: 1916-2019: Record-setting Carlsbad centenarian lived for adventure," 4 Sep. 2019 Since the surgery that was cut short, Cannon has been nearly bedridden. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Hall-Southington hockey coach Brian Cannon isn’t fighting cancer alone," 20 Aug. 2019 Bascone suffered a permanent brain injury from the attack, and she was left blind and mostly bedridden for the rest of her life. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Past crimes could come back to haunt murder suspect in Highland Park cold-case rape," 2 Aug. 2019 The man, identified only as Jermaine, was climbing to the 15th floor to save his bedridden mother. Amir Vera, CNN, "The man who scaled a 19-story building like Spider-Man did it to save his bedridden mother," 22 July 2019

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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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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 bedrid (audio) \

Medical Definition of bedridden

: confined to bed (as by illness)

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