- paralysis of both lower limbs due to spinal disease or injury.
Origin of paraplegia
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Examples from the Web for paraplegic
Former Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham is paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair.Why 2016’s Hopefuls Are Hopeless
P. J. O’Rourke
November 22, 2014
The younger Torregiani also took a bullet that day and ended up a paraplegic.Cesare Battisti, the Murderer Taunting Italy
Barbie Latza Nadeau, Mac Margolis
January 26, 2011
The patient was paraplegic, and death ensued thirty-three hours after admission.A Treatise on Gunshot Wounds
- pathol of, relating to, or afflicted with paraplegia
- pathol a person afflicted with paraplegia
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 paraplegic
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- Complete paralysis of the lower half of the body including both legs, usually caused by damage to the spinal cord.
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- Paralysis of the lower part of the body, caused by injury to the spinal cord.
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