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[kwod-ruh-plee-jee-uh, -juh] /ˌkwɒd rəˈpli dʒi ə, -dʒə/
noun, Pathology.
paralysis of all four limbs or of the entire body below the neck.
Also called tetraplegia.
Origin of quadriplegia
1920-25; quadri- + -plegia Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for quadriplegia


/ˌkwɒdrɪˈpliːdʒɪə; -dʒə/
(pathol) paralysis of all four limbs, usually as the result of injury to the spine Also called tetraplegia Compare hemiplegia, paraplegia
Word Origin
C20: from quadri- + Greek plēgē a blow, from plēssein to strike
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Word Origin and History for quadriplegia

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 quad·ri·ple·gi·a (kwŏd'rə-plē'jē-ə, -jə)
Paralysis of all four limbs. Also called tetraplegia.

quad'ri·ple'gic adj. & n.
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quadriplegia in Science
Paralysis of the body from the neck down, caused by injury to the spinal cord.
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