paraplegia

[par-uh-plee-jee-uh, -juh]
noun Pathology.
paralysis of both lower limbs due to spinal disease or injury.

Origin:
1650–60; < Neo-Latin < Greek paraplēgía. See para-1, -plegia

paraplegic [par-uh-plee-jik, -plej-ik] , adjective, noun
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paraplegia (ˌpærəˈpliːdʒə)
 
n
pathol hemiplegia Compare quadriplegia paralysis of the lower half of the body, usually as the result of disease or injury of the spine
 
[C17: via New Latin from Greek: a blow on one side, from para-1 + plēssein to strike]

paraplegic (ˌpærəˈpliːdʒɪk)
 
adj
1.  pathol of, relating to, or afflicted with paraplegia
 
n
2.  pathol a person afflicted with paraplegia

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paraplegia
"paralysis of the lower half of the body," 1657, coined in Mod.L. from Ionic Gk. paraplegie "paralysis of one side of the body," from paraplessein "strike at the side," paraplessesthai "be stricken on one side," from para- "beside" + plessein "to strike" (see plague). The
adj. paraplegic is attested from c.1822; the noun meaning "paraplegic person" is first recorded 1890. An earlier adj. form was paraplectic (1661).
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paraplegia par·a·ple·gi·a (pār'ə-plē'jē-ə, -jə)
n.
Complete paralysis of the lower half of the body including both legs, usually caused by damage to the spinal cord.


par'a·ple'gic (-plē'jĭk) adj. & n.
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paraplegia   (pār'ə-plē'jē-ə)  Pronunciation Key 
Paralysis of the lower part of the body, caused by injury to the spinal cord.
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Example sentences
Paraplegic and amputee athletes race on special wheelchairs and hand cycles.
He lies in the main hospital here with a video of the moment when he was shot and became a paraplegic.
How such a treatment could be accomplished for people who want to be paraplegic is unclear.
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