a shallow toilet pan for use by persons confined to bed.

Origin of bedpan

First recorded in 1575–85; bed + pan1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bedpan

chamber, jerry, jordan, pisspot, potty

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British Dictionary definitions for bedpan



a shallow vessel placed under a bedridden patient to collect faeces and urine
another name for warming pan
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Word Origin and History for bedpan

also bed-pan, 1580s, from bed (n.) + pan (n.).

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bedpan in Medicine




A metal, glass, or plastic receptacle for the urinary and fecal discharges of persons confined to bed.
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