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a combining form meaning “paralysis, cessation of motion,” in the limbs or region of the body specified by the initial element:
cardioplegia; hemiplegia; quadriplegia.
Origin of -plegia
< Greek -plēgia, combining form representing plēgḗ blow, stroke; see -ia Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for plegia


combining form
indicating a specified type of paralysis: paraplegia
Derived Forms
-plegic, combining_form:in_adjective, combining_form:in_noun:countable
Word Origin
from Greek, from plēgē stroke, from plēssein to strike
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plegia in Medicine

-plegia suff.
Paralysis: monoplegia.

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