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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.
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Origin of -plegia

<Greek -plēgia, combining form representing plēgḗ blow, stroke; see -ia
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WORDS THAT USE -PLEGIA

What does -plegia mean?

The combining form -plegia is used like a suffix meaning “paralysis, cessation (stopping) of motion.” It is often used in medical terms, especially in pathology.

The form -plegia comes from Greek plēgḗ, meaning “blow” or “stroke.”

What are variants of -plegia?

When combined with words or word elements to denote the adjective form of the word, -plegia becomes -plegic, as in paraplegic.

Examples of -plegia

One example of a term that features the combining form -plegia is paraplegia, “paralysis of both lower limbs due to spinal disease or injury.” Paraplegia comes from the Greek paraplēgía, which uses the equivalent of the form -plegia.

The prefix para- means “to the one side of,” while -plegia means “paralysis.” Paraplegia literally translates to “paralysis on one side.”

What are some words that use the combining form -plegia?

What are some other forms that -plegia may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form blepharo- means “eyelid.” With this in mind, what kind of medical condition is blepharoplegia?

British Dictionary definitions for -plegia

-plegia

n combining form
indicating a specified type of paralysisparaplegia

Derived forms of -plegia

-plegic, adj combining form, n combining form

Word Origin for -plegia

from Greek, from plēgē stroke, from plēssein to strike
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Medical definitions for -plegia

-plegia

suff.
Paralysis:monoplegia.
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