- paralysis of both lower limbs due to spinal disease or injury.
Origin of paraplegia
Examples from the Web for paraplegic
Former Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham is paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair.Why 2016’s Hopefuls Are Hopeless
P. J. O’Rourke
November 22, 2014
The younger Torregiani also took a bullet that day and ended up a paraplegic.Cesare Battisti, the Murderer Taunting Italy
Barbie Latza Nadeau, Mac Margolis
January 26, 2011
The patient was paraplegic, and death ensued thirty-three hours after admission.A Treatise on Gunshot Wounds
- pathol of, relating to, or afflicted with paraplegia
- pathol a person afflicted with paraplegia
Word Origin and History for paraplegic
"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.)).
- Complete paralysis of the lower half of the body including both legs, usually caused by damage to the spinal cord.
- Paralysis of the lower part of the body, caused by injury to the spinal cord.