decubital ulcer

decubital ulcer
decubitus ulcer an ulcer caused by arterial occlusion or prolonged pressure, such as when a patient lies still in bed for a long period or is confined to a wheelchair; called also decubitus, bed sore, and pressure u. or sore.

Decubitus ulcer of the sacral area in an 85-year-old man, with exposure of the sacrum and necrosis of surrounding muscles.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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