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

1575–85; bed + pan1 Unabridged
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bedpan (ˈbɛdˌpæn)
1.  a shallow vessel placed under a bedridden patient to collect faeces and urine
2.  another name for warming pan

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

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Example sentences
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.
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