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[bed-rid-n] /ˈbɛdˌrɪd n/
confined to bed because of illness, injury, etc.
Origin of bedridden
1300-50; Middle English, variant (by confusion with past participle of ride) of bedrid Unabridged
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  • They will always appear in a bedridden paretic in a few days if not kept perfectly clean.

    How to Care for the Insane William D. Granger
  • For six years she had been helpless and bedridden in that little room.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Sometimes her imagination would conjure up a Victoria helpless, wasted, bedridden, and her heart seemed to stop.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
  • bedridden as he was, the undertaking seemed beyond his strength.

  • Why, only a short time ago a bedridden old woman moved a brick wall!

    Fruits of Culture Leo Tolstoy
  • It's called the Henry Hill, and Mrs. Henry is old and bedridden.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for bedridden


confined to bed because of illness, esp for a long or indefinite period
Word Origin
Old English bedreda, from beddbed + -rida rider, from rīdan to ride
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Word Origin and History for bedridden

also bed-ridden, mid-14c., from adjectival use of late Old English bæddrædæn "bedridden (man)," from bedrid, from Old English bedreda, literally "bedrider, bedridden (man)," from bed + rida "rider" (see ride (v.)). Originally a noun, it became an adjective in Middle English and acquired an -en on the analogy of past participle adjectives from strong verbs such as ride.

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bedridden in Medicine

bedridden bed·rid·den (běd'rĭd'n) or bed·rid (-rĭd')
Confined to bed because of illness or infirmity.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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