[bed-sawr, -sohr]

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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




A pressure-induced ulceration of the skin occurring in persons confined to bed for long periods of time.decubitus ulcer pressure sore
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