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[kuh-mohd] /kəˈmoʊd/
a low cabinet or similar piece of furniture, often highly ornamental, containing drawers or shelves.
a stand or cupboard containing a chamber pot or washbasin.
toilet (def 1).
a portable toilet, especially one on a chairlike frame with wheels, as for an invalid.
an elaborate headdress consisting chiefly of a high framework decorated with lace, ribbons, etc., worn perched on top of the hair by women in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
Origin of commode
1680-90; < French < Latin commodus convenient, equivalent to com- com- + modus mode1 Unabridged
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  • Help the patient to the toilet or provide a bedside commode instead of a bedpan.
  • Therefore, the leak was caused by the commode control valve remaining in the vacuum position.
  • Emptying the bedside commode would be a home management task.
  • Lack of necessary equipment such as walkers, canes, bedside commode.
  • Switch to a modern high-efficiency commode, and use three times less water than you do now.
  • Remove as much feces with a net or scope and dispose into commode.
British Dictionary definitions for commode


a piece of furniture, usually highly ornamented, containing drawers or shelves
a bedside table with a cabinet below for a chamber pot or washbasin
a movable piece of furniture, sometimes in the form of a chair, with a hinged flap concealing a chamber pot
a woman's high-tiered headdress of lace, worn in the late 17th century
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Latin commoduscommodious
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Word Origin and History for commode

1786, "chest of drawers," earlier (1680s) name of a type of fashionable ladies' headdress, from French commode, noun use of adjective meaning "convenient, suitable," from Latin commodus "proper, fit, appropriate, convenient, satisfactory," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + modus "measure, manner" (see mode (n.1)). Meaning "chair housing a chamber pot" first attested 1851 from notion of "convenience."

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