[ kwod-ruh-plee-jee-uh, -juh ]

  1. paralysis of all four limbs or of the entire body below the neck.: Compare paraplegia.

Origin of quadriplegia

First recorded in 1920–25; quadri- + -plegia

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British Dictionary definitions for quadriplegia


/ (ˌkwɒdrɪˈpliːdʒɪə, -dʒə) /

  1. pathol paralysis of all four limbs, usually as the result of injury to the spine: Also called: tetraplegia Compare hemiplegia, paraplegia

Origin of quadriplegia

C20: from quadri- + Greek plēgē a blow, from plēssein to strike

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Scientific definitions for quadriplegia


[ kwŏd′rə-plējē-ə ]

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

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