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decubitus ulcer


Definition: a chronic ulcer that appears in pressure areas of skin overlying a bony prominence in debilitated patients confined to bed or otherwise immobilized, due to a circulatory defect.

Synonym(s): bedsore, decubital gangrene, hospital gangrene, pressure gangrene, pressure sore, pressure ulcer

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