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

Words nearby -plegia

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 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



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