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[bed-sawr, -sohr] /ˈbɛdˌsɔr, -ˌsoʊr/
noun, Pathology.
an ulceration of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by poor circulation due to prolonged pressure on body parts, especially bony protuberances, occurring in bedridden or immobile patients; decubitus ulcer.
Origin of bedsore
First recorded in 1860-65; bed + sore Unabridged
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the nontechnical name for decubitus ulcer
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Word Origin and History for bed-sore

"gangrene caused by anemia due to continued pressure," 1833, from bed (n.) + sore (n.)

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bed-sore in Medicine

bedsore bed·sore (běd'sôr')
A pressure-induced ulceration of the skin occurring in persons confined to bed for long periods of time. Also called decubitus ulcer, pressure sore.

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