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-plegia

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

    cardioplegia; hemiplegia; quadriplegia.



-plegia

combining form

  1. indicating a specified type of paralysis

    paraplegia



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Derived Forms

  • -plegic, combining_form:in_adjectivecombining_form:in_noun:countable
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Word History and Origins

Origin of -plegia1

< Greek -plēgia, combining form representing plēgḗ blow, stroke; -ia
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Word History and Origins

Origin of -plegia1

from Greek, from plēgē stroke, from plēssein to strike

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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.”

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

Break it down!

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

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