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paraplegia

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noun para·ple·gia \ˌpa-rə-ˈplē-j(ē-)ə\

Definition of paraplegia

  1. :  paralysis of the lower half of the body with involvement of both legs

paraplegic

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Origin and Etymology of paraplegia

New Latin, from Greek paraplēgiē hemiplegia, from para- + -plēgia -plegia


First Known Use: circa 1657


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paraplegia

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noun para·ple·gia \ˌpar-ə-ˈplē-j(ē-)ə\

Medical Definition of paraplegia

  1. :  partial or complete paralysis of the lower half of the body with involvement of both legs that is usually due to injury or disease of the spinal cord in the thoracic or lumbar region




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