[par-uh-plee-jee-uh, -juh]
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Origin of paraplegia

1650–60; < New Latin < Greek paraplēgía. See para-1, -plegia
Related formspar·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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for paraplegic


  1. pathol of, relating to, or afflicted with paraplegia
  1. pathol a person afflicted with paraplegia


  1. 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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Word Origin and History for paraplegic

c.1822; see paraplegia + -ic. The noun meaning "paraplegic person" is first recorded 1890. An earlier adjectival form was paraplectic (1660s).



"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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paraplegic in Medicine


[păr′ə-plējə, -jē-ə]
  1. Complete paralysis of the lower half of the body including both legs, usually caused by damage to the spinal cord.
Related formspar′a•plegic (-plējĭk) adj. n.
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paraplegic in Science


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