deathbed

noun death·bed \ ˈdeth-ˌbed \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

Definition of deathbed

1 : the bed in which a person dies
2 : the last hours of life
on one's deathbed
: near the point of death

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First Known Use of deathbed

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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DEATHBED Defined for Kids

deathbed

noun death·bed \ ˈdeth-ˌbed \

Definition of deathbed for Students

: the bed a person dies in
on someone's deathbed
: very close to death

Medical Dictionary

deathbed

noun death·bed \ ˈdeth-ˌbed \

medical Definition of deathbed

1 : the bed in which a person dies
2 : the last hours of life
on one's deathbed
: near the point of death


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