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 Those complications took the form of festering bedsores after Pierce lost the use of his legs, which in turn produced the deadly cancer that killed him, according to his sister. Ellen Moynihan, New York Daily News, 23 June 2024 An autopsy showed the man, Robert Knight, died from bacterial pneumonia and a bone infection from the bedsore, according to court filings. Caitlin McGlade, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 Broadening immunity Nursing home operators also have cited immunity to foil negligence lawsuits based on falls or other allegations of substandard care, such as bedsores, with little obvious connection to the pandemic, court records show. Fred Schulte | Kff Health News, ABC News, 11 May 2024 University Health Lakewood Medical Center University Health Lakewood Medical Center scored below average in four out of seven safety problem metrics: dangerous bedsores, patient falls and injuries, dangerous blood clots and harmful events — such as complications in surgery and childbirth. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 8 May 2024 According to Price’s office, issues at Mariner facilities also included infected bedsores, falls and disease. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 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

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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 16 Jul. 2024.

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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