bed·​sore ˈbed-ˌsȯr How to pronounce bedsore (audio)
: an ulceration of tissue deprived of adequate blood supply by prolonged pressure

called also decubitus ulcer

see pressure point sense 1c

Examples of bedsore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nurses help minimize risks of bedsores and falls, make sure medications are properly given, and make decisions on whether to call a doctor or send a resident to a hospital. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 This helped relieve the back pain and also prevented bedsores. Good Housekeeping, 9 Aug. 2023 For example, take a common problem like bedsores, which can develop if a resident is confined to bed and staff do not turn the person often enough. Ruth Talbot, ProPublica, 18 July 2023 With proper nursing care to avoid bedsores and infections, these patients can live for years. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2017 While held in bed for several weeks, Fasold developed a severe bedsore and now his condition is so complex that the federal prison system doesn’t have an appropriate place to detain him, Willson said. Don Stacom,, 16 Dec. 2021 By April 2017, the bedsore on his right heel required the foot to be amputated., 11 Sep. 2021 In that case, one resident's bedsore was so badly infected her leg had to be amputated. Tony Cook, The Indianapolis Star, 1 May 2021 Clinical notes say one bedsore on her buttocks measured more than 1.5 inches deep. IndyStar, 13 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bedsore was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Bedsore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


bed·​sore -ˌsō(ə)r How to pronounce bedsore (audio)
: a sore caused by constant pressure against a bed (as in a long illness)

Medical Definition


: an ulceration of tissue deprived of adequate blood supply by prolonged pressure

called also decubitus, decubitus ulcer, pressure sore

compare pressure point sense 1

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