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[bed-sawr, -sohr]
noun Pathology.
  1. 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.
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Origin of bedsore

First recorded in 1860–65; bed + sore
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Historical Examples of bedsore

  • The patient became progressively emaciated and exhausted, cystitis persisted, the bedsore deepened.

    Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900

    George Henry Makins

British Dictionary definitions for bedsore


  1. the nontechnical name for decubitus ulcer
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bedsore in Medicine


  1. 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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