[ par-uh-plee-jee-uh, -juh ]
/ ˌpær əˈpli dʒi ə, -dʒə /
paralysis of both lower limbs due to spinal disease or injury.
Related formspar·a·ple·gic [par-uh-plee-jik, -plej-ik] /ˌpær əˈpli dʒɪk, -ˈplɛdʒ ɪk/, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for paraplegic
Former Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham is paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair.
The younger Torregiani also took a bullet that day and ended up a paraplegic.
The patient was paraplegic, and death ensued thirty-three hours after admission.A Treatise on Gunshot Wounds|Thomas Longmore
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) /
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-plē′jə, -jē-ə ]
Complete paralysis of the lower half of the body including both legs, usually caused by damage to the spinal cord.
Related formspar′a•ple′gic (-plē′jĭk) adj. n.
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Science definitions for paraplegic
[ păr′ə-plē′jē-ə ]
Paralysis of the lower part of the body, caused by injury to the spinal cord.
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