[ hweel-chair, weel- ]
/ ˈʰwilˌtʃɛər, ˈwil- /


a chair mounted on wheels for use by persons who cannot walk.

Origin of wheelchair

First recorded in 1690–1700; wheel + chair
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British Dictionary definitions for wheelchair

/ (ˈwiːlˌtʃɛə) /


med a special chair mounted on large wheels, for use by invalids or others for whom walking is impossible or temporarily inadvisable
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Medical definitions for wheelchair



A chair mounted on large wheels for the use of a sick or disabled person.
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