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 another case, a tenant who was bedridden and immobile requested a two-bedroom unit so her daughter could serve as an overnight caretaker. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 Butler was reportedly diagnosed with a virus simulating appendicitis symptoms and was bedridden for a week. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 26 May 2022 Following the altercation, Murphy was bedridden for nearly six months, had to relearn how to walk and battled severe PTSD. Sara Smart, CNN, 4 Feb. 2022 Jordan works Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Tracy Lamb, a 52-year-old West Haven resident with multiple sclerosis who is bedridden and needs help with bathing, dressing and chores around the house. Lisa Backus,, 7 Apr. 2022 He was expected to have at least one more surgery and be bedridden for about 12 weeks before starting rehab. Shanzeh Ahmad,, 30 Mar. 2022 Investigators at the scene that day said the boy had a medical condition that left him bedridden. Angie Dimichele,, 28 Jan. 2022 Deputies say the uncle, who is bedridden with cerebral palsy, received severe lacerations to the face and is hospitalized in critical condition. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 20 Jan. 2022 Conversely, Halloween kept the focus on Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode, which became a problem (however commercially irrelevant) for Halloween Kills when Strode was bedridden and none of the newbies were able to take over. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 Jun. 2022.

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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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