[ par-uh-plee-jee-uh, -juh ]
/ ˌpær əˈpli dʒi ə, -dʒə /

noun Pathology.

paralysis of both lower limbs due to spinal disease or injury.

Origin of paraplegia

1650–60; < New Latin < Greek paraplēgía. See para-1, -plegia

Related forms

par·a·ple·gic [par-uh-plee-jik, -plej-ik] /ˌpær əˈpli dʒɪk, -ˈplɛdʒ ɪk/, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for paraplegic

British Dictionary definitions for paraplegic (1 of 2)


/ (ˌpærəˈpliːdʒɪk) /


pathol of, relating to, or afflicted with paraplegia


pathol a person afflicted with paraplegia

British Dictionary definitions for paraplegic (2 of 2)


/ (ˌpærəˈpliːdʒə) /


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
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Medicine definitions for paraplegic


[ păr′ə-plējə, -jē-ə ]


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

Related forms

par′a•plegic (-plējĭk) adj. n.
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Science definitions for paraplegic


[ păr′ə-plējē-ə ]

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