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quadriplegia

[kwod-ruh-plee-jee-uh, -juh]
noun Pathology.
  1. 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

quadriplegia

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

C20: from quadri- + Greek plēgē a blow, from plēssein to strike
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Word Origin and History for quadriplegia

n.

1895, a medical hybrid coined from Latin-based quadri- "four" + -plegia, as in paraplegia, ultimately from Greek plege "stroke," from root of plessein "to strike" (see plague (n.)). A correct, all-Greek formation would be *tessaraplegia.

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quadriplegia in Medicine

quadriplegia

(kwŏd′rə-plējə)
n.
  1. Paralysis of all four limbs.tetraplegia
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Related formsquad′ri•plegic adj. n.
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quadriplegia in Science

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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