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[bed-rid-n] /ˈbɛdˌrɪd n/
confined to bed because of illness, injury, etc.
Origin of bedridden
1300-50; Middle English, variant (by confusion with past participle of ride) of bedrid Unabridged
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  • They will always appear in a bedridden paretic in a few days if not kept perfectly clean.

    How to Care for the Insane William D. Granger
  • And she had a big family to help, and finally a bedridden sister to care for.

    Ruth Fielding At College Alice B. Emerson
  • Sometimes her imagination would conjure up a Victoria helpless, wasted, bedridden, and her heart seemed to stop.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
  • She is bedridden,” put in the captain; “but a clever, sensible woman.

    The Carbonels Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Why, only a short time ago a bedridden old woman moved a brick wall!

    Fruits of Culture Leo Tolstoy
  • For six years she had been helpless and bedridden in that little room.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for bedridden


confined to bed because of illness, esp for a long or indefinite period
Word Origin
Old English bedreda, from beddbed + -rida rider, from rīdan to ride
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Word Origin and History for bedridden

also bed-ridden, mid-14c., from adjectival use of late Old English bæddrædæn "bedridden (man)," from bedrid, from Old English bedreda, literally "bedrider, bedridden (man)," from bed + rida "rider" (see ride (v.)). Originally a noun, it became an adjective in Middle English and acquired an -en on the analogy of past participle adjectives from strong verbs such as ride.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bedridden in Medicine

bedridden bed·rid·den (běd'rĭd'n) or bed·rid (-rĭd')
Confined to bed because of illness or infirmity.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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