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wheelchair

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noun wheel·chair \ˈhwēl-ˌcher, ˈwēl-\

Simple Definition of wheelchair

  • : a chair with wheels that is used by people who cannot walk because they are disabled, sick, or injured

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wheelchair

  1. :  a chair mounted on wheels especially for the use of disabled persons

Examples of wheelchair in a sentence

  1. He was in a wheelchair for several months after the accident.



Circa 1700

First Known Use of wheelchair

circa 1700



WHEELCHAIR Defined for Kids

wheelchair

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noun wheel·chair \ˈhwēl-ˌcher, ˈwēl-\

Definition of wheelchair for Students

  1. :  a chair with wheels used especially by sick, injured, or disabled people to get about




Medical Dictionary

wheelchair

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noun wheel·chair \ˈhwē(ə)l-ˌche(ə)r, ˈwē(ə)l-, -ˌcha(ə)r\

Medical Definition of wheelchair

  1. :  a chair mounted on wheels especially for the use of disabled individuals



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