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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 hemiplegic

Historical Examples

  • It may be just mentioned here, that she suffered, twelve months later, from a hemiplegic attack of paralysis.

    Neuralgia and the Diseases that Resemble it

    Francis E. Anstie

British Dictionary definitions for hemiplegic


  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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hemiplegic 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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hemiplegic in Science


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