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[hem-i-plee-jee-uh, -juh]
noun Pathology.
  1. paralysis of one side of the body.
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Origin of hemiplegia

1590–1600; < New Latin < Medieval Greek hēmiplēgía. See hemi-, -plegia
Related formshem·i·ple·gic [hem-i-plee-jik, -plej-ik] /ˌhɛm ɪˈpli dʒɪk, -ˈplɛdʒ ɪk/, adjective, nounpost·hem·i·ple·gic, adjectivepre·hem·i·ple·gic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hemiplegia

Historical Examples of hemiplegia

  • Hemiplegia is usually the result of a cerebral hemorrhage or embolism.

    Philosophy of Osteopathy

    Andrew T. Still

  • Is hemiplegia a dyspepsia of the nerves of nutriment of the brain and organs of that side?

  • Suffered for a year from hemiplegia, which disappeared when the wound healed.

  • Should the thrombus be on the carotid arteries, hemiplegia may result from cerebral embolism.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • The latter is more apt to be associated with psychic changes, dementia, etc.; the former, with hemiplegia.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

British Dictionary definitions for hemiplegia


  1. paralysis of one side of the body, usually as the result of injury to the brainCompare paraplegia, quadriplegia
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Derived Formshemiplegic, adjective
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hemiplegia in Medicine


  1. Paralysis affecting only one side of the body.
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Related formshem′i•plegic (-jĭk) adj.
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hemiplegia in Science


  1. Paralysis of one side of the body, usually resulting from a stroke or other brain injury.
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