paralysis of all four limbs or of the entire body below the neck.
- quadripedal extensor reflex,
Origin of quadriplegia
Also called tetraplegia.
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Word Origin for quadriplegia
C20: from quadri- + Greek plēgē a blow, from plēssein to strike
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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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Paralysis of all four limbs.tetraplegia
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Paralysis of the body from the neck down, caused by injury to the spinal cord.
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