from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pressure-induced ulceration of the skin occurring in persons confined to bed for long periods of time. Also called decubitus ulcer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lesion caused by unrelieved pressure to any part of the body, especially portions over bony or cartilaginous areas, such as frequently develops on a person confined to a bed by infirmity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sore on the back or hips caused by lying for a long time in bed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A very troublesome kind of ulcer, liable to appear on patients long confined in bed and either unable or not allowed to change their position. Bed-sores occur at the parts pressed by the weight of the body, chiefly over the sacrum and trochanters, and on the elbows and heels. Also called decubitus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a chronic ulcer of the skin caused by prolonged pressure on it (as in bedridden patients)


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