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confined to bed because of illness, injury, etc.
Contemporary Examples

There was a war and Matthew (Dan Stevens) was bedridden until he got up and walked.
‘Borgen,’ ‘Girls,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Mad Men’ & More: Ten Best TV Shows of 2012 Jace Lacob, Maria Elena Fernandez December 17, 2012

bedridden Child Rather spent about three years of his childhood bedridden with rheumatic fever.
10 Revelations from ‘Rather Outspoken’ Autobiography Ben Jacobs April 27, 2012

As Rather puts it, “bedridden seriously, as in using a bed pan.”
10 Revelations from ‘Rather Outspoken’ Autobiography Ben Jacobs April 27, 2012

The bedridden blues icon is too sick to speak up as her son and husband battle over her estate in court.
The War Over Etta James’ Fortune Christine Pelisek March 7, 2011

Historical Examples

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.
Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete Albert Bigelow Paine

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

confined to bed because of illness, esp for a long or indefinite period

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.

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


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