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paraplegia

[ par-uh-plee-jee-uh, -juh ]
/ ˌpær əˈpli dʒi ə, -dʒə /
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noun Pathology.
paralysis of both lower limbs due to spinal disease or injury.Compare quadriplegia.

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Origin of paraplegia

First recorded in 1580–90; from New Latin, from Ionic Greek (Hippocrates) paraplēgíē; “hemiplegia”; see para-1, -plegia

OTHER WORDS FROM paraplegia

par·a·ple·gic [par-uh-plee-jik, -plej-ik], /ˌpær əˈpli dʒɪk, -ˈplɛdʒ ɪk/, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for paraplegia

paraplegia
/ (ˌpærəˈpliːdʒə) /

noun
pathol paralysis of the lower half of the body, usually as the result of disease or injury of the spineCompare hemiplegia, quadriplegia

Word Origin for paraplegia

C17: via New Latin from Greek: a blow on one side, from para- 1 + plēssein to strike
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for paraplegia

paraplegia
[ păr′ə-plējə, -jē-ə ]

n.
Complete paralysis of the lower half of the body including both legs, usually caused by damage to the spinal cord.

Other words from paraplegia

par′a•plegic (-plējĭk) adj. n.
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Scientific definitions for paraplegia

paraplegia
[ păr′ə-plējē-ə ]

Paralysis of the lower part of the body, caused by injury to the spinal cord.
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