a combining form meaning “paralysis, cessation of motion,” in the limbs or region of the body specified by the initial element: cardioplegia; hemiplegia; quadriplegia.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
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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