[ kwod-ruh-plee-jee-uh, -juh ]
/ ˌkwɒd rəˈpli dʒi ə, -dʒə /

noun Pathology.

paralysis of all four limbs or of the entire body below the neck.


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Origin of quadriplegia

First recorded in 1920–25; quadri- + -plegia
Also called tetraplegia.
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British Dictionary definitions for quadriplegia

/ (ˌkwɒdrɪˈpliːdʒɪə, -dʒə) /


pathol paralysis of all four limbs, usually as the result of injury to the spineAlso called: tetraplegia Compare hemiplegia, paraplegia

Word Origin for quadriplegia

C20: from quadri- + Greek plēgē a blow, from plēssein to strike
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Medical definitions for quadriplegia

[ kwŏd′rə-plējə ]


Paralysis of all four limbs.tetraplegia

Other words from quadriplegia

quad′ri•plegic adj. n.
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Scientific definitions for quadriplegia

[ kwŏd′rə-plējē-ə ]

Paralysis of the body from the neck down, caused by injury to the spinal cord.
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