diplegia

noun

di·​ple·​gia dī-ˈplē-j(ē-)ə How to pronounce diplegia (audio)
: paralysis of corresponding parts on both sides of the body

Examples of diplegia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Walker was diagnosed with a rare form of cerebral palsy (spastic diplegia) at 18 months, forcing him to wear leg braces throughout his childhood. Mckinley Franklin, Variety, 13 Sep. 2023 Spastic diplegia primarily involves the legs, often causing stiff hip and leg muscles. Lauren Sieben, SELF, 22 Mar. 2022 She was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy at age 1, according to the family's YouCaring page. Sarah Klein, Health.com, 6 July 2018 Maya was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, which is a type of cerebral palsy that causes the muscles in the hips, legs and feet to be tight or spastic. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, 6 July 2018

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diplegia was circa 1881

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“Diplegia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diplegia. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

diplegia

noun
di·​ple·​gia dī-ˈplē-j(ē-)ə How to pronounce diplegia (audio)
: paralysis of corresponding parts (as the legs) on both sides of the body

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