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[hweel-chair, weel-] /ˈʰwilˌtʃɛər, ˈwil-/
a chair mounted on wheels for use by persons who cannot walk.
Origin of wheelchair
1690-1700; wheel + chair Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wheelchair
  • The wraparound counter of a corner work center combines good design and wheelchair clearance.
  • Before joint replacement, my relatives would end up wheelchair-bound.
  • Next, the team linked their system to an electric wheelchair.
  • The second device to use the system is an electrically powered wheelchair.
  • He came to court in a wheelchair, under heavy sedation.
  • He was confined to a wheelchair and could not even breathe without a machine.
  • She spent much of her later years confined to a wheelchair.
  • She is completely bent at the waist and is confined to bed or wheelchair, and cannot move her feet or legs.
  • The prognosis: that he would be wheelchair-bound for life.
  • In the past, patients have used these devices to spell words on a computer, pilot a wheelchair or flex a mechanical hand.
British Dictionary definitions for wheelchair


(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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Word Origin and History for wheelchair

c.1700, from wheel + chair (n.).

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wheelchair in Medicine

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

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