What do a.m. and p.m. stand for?


[bed-pan] /ˈbɛdˌpæn/
a shallow toilet pan for use by persons confined to bed.
Origin of bedpan
1575-85; bed + pan1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for bedpan
  • Patients randomised to this arm will urinate either in a toilet or in a bedpan or a diaper when needed.
  • After they examined it and found nothing, they handed it to me and made me empty and clean out the bedpan.
  • bedpan washing attachments are recommended for each patient room toilet.
  • No bedpan washing requirements exist, so all faucets are to be removed.
  • The part of the device located under the pelvis gets inflated so the pelvis is raised and a special bedpan put underneath.
British Dictionary definitions for bedpan


a shallow vessel placed under a bedridden patient to collect faeces and urine
another name for warming pan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for bedpan

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
bedpan in Medicine

bedpan bed·pan (běd'pān')
A metal, glass, or plastic receptacle for the urinary and fecal discharges of persons confined to bed.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bedpan

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bedpan

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bedpan