a combining form meaning “paralysis, cessation of motion,” in the limbs or region of the body specified by the initial element: cardioplegia; hemiplegia; quadriplegia.

Nearby words

  1. -plasm,
  2. -plast,
  3. -plastic,
  4. -plasty,
  5. -plasy,
  6. -plex,
  7. -ploid,
  8. -pnea,
  9. -pnoea,
  10. -pod

Origin of -plegia

< Greek -plēgia, combining form representing plēgḗ blow, stroke; see -ia

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British Dictionary definitions for -plegia


n combining form

indicating a specified type of paralysisparaplegia
Derived Forms-plegic, adj combining form, n combining form

Word Origin for -plegia

from Greek, from plēgē stroke, from plēssein to strike

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Medicine definitions for -plegia




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