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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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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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