bed·​sore | \ ˈbed-ˌsȯr How to pronounce bedsore (audio) \

Definition of bedsore

: 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 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 Surely her loving-kindness would vanish as soon as the iPad went dark, and her demeanor would reveal an eagerness to be rid of this Covid-ic old guy with his bedsore and immobile hip, his catheter and oxygen tubing. Lorrie Moore, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2020 The team addressed nutrition and bedsore prevention. Bradley M. Wertheim, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 June 2020 Even in normal circumstances, a child with Duchenne, for instance, may have to be physically turned over by their caregivers in their beds to prevent further muscle damage or bedsores since they likely can’t do so by themselves. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 28 Apr. 2020 When nurses tucked pillows under him or subtly shifted him to prevent bedsores, his oxygen levels would crater. Pam Belluck, New York Times, 26 Apr. 2020 Image New York’s nursing homes have long been chronically understaffed, leaving family members to fill critical gaps, from feeding their relatives to checking for bedsores or infection. John Leland, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2020 During that time, staff at the nursing home owned by HHC allowed a bedsore to develop on her right buttock, according to a lawsuit filed by her family. IndyStar, 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bedsore

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bedsore was in 1826

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“Bedsore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bedsore

: a sore that people get from lying in bed for a very long time when they are sick or injured


bed·​sore | \ ˈbed-ˌsō(ə)r, -ˌsȯ(ə)r How to pronounce bedsore (audio) \

Medical Definition of bedsore

: 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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