paraplegia [par- uh- plee-jee- uh, -j uh] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Pathology paralysis of both lower limbs due to spinal disease or injury. Origin of paraplegia 1650–60;
-plegia Related forms par·a·ple·gic , [par- uh- plee-jik, - plej-ik] /ˌpær əˈpli dʒɪk, -ˈplɛdʒ ɪk/ adjective, noun
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C17: via New Latin from Greek: a blow on one side, from
para- 1 + plēssein to strike
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Word Origin and History for paraplegia n.
"paralysis of the lower half of the body," 1650s, Latinized form of (Ionic) Greek
paraplegie "paralysis of one side of the body," from paraplessein "strike at the side," paraplessesthai "be stricken on one side," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + plessein "to strike" (see plague (n.)).
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paraplegia [păr′ə-plē ′jə, -jē-ə] n. Complete paralysis of the lower half of the body including both legs, usually caused by damage to the spinal cord. Related forms par′a•ple ( ′gic -plē) ′jĭk adj. n.
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Paralysis of the lower part of the body, caused by injury to the spinal cord.
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