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[par-uh-plee-jee-uh, -juh] /ˌpær əˈpli dʒi ə, -dʒə/
noun, Pathology.
paralysis of both lower limbs due to spinal disease or injury.
Origin of paraplegia
1650-60; < New Latin < Greek paraplēgía. See para-1, -plegia
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[par-uh-plee-jik, -plej-ik] /ˌpær əˈpli dʒɪk, -ˈplɛdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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(pathol) paralysis of the lower half of the body, usually as the result of disease or injury of the spine Compare hemiplegia, quadriplegia
Word Origin
C17: via New Latin from Greek: a blow on one side, from para-1 + plēssein to strike
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Word Origin and History for paraplegia

"paralysis of the lower half of the body," 1650s, Latinized form of (Ionic) Greek paraplegie "paralysis of one side of the body," from paraplessein "strike at the side," paraplessesthai "be stricken on one side," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + plessein "to strike" (see plague (n.)).

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paraplegia in Medicine

paraplegia par·a·ple·gi·a (pār'ə-plē'jē-ə, -jə)
Complete paralysis of the lower half of the body including both legs, usually caused by damage to the spinal cord.

par'a·ple'gic (-plē'jĭk) adj. & n.
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paraplegia in Science
Paralysis of the lower part of the body, caused by injury to the spinal cord.
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