hemi·​ple·​gia | \ ˌhe-mi-ˈplē-j(ē-)ə How to pronounce hemiplegia (audio) \

Definition of hemiplegia

: total or partial paralysis of one side of the body that results from disease of or injury to the motor centers of the brain

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Other Words from hemiplegia

hemiplegic \ ˌhe-​mi-​ˈplē-​jik How to pronounce hemiplegic (audio) \ adjective or noun

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Hemi-, unlike semi, almost always appears in scientific or technical words, including medical terms such as this one. A hemiplegic, like a paraplegic (who has lost the use of both legs), has usually suffered brain damage, often from a wound or blood clot. Other conditions that affect one side of the body are hemihypertrophy (excessive growth on one side), hemiatrophy (wasting on one side), and hemiparesis (weakness or partial paralysis).

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Recent Examples on the Web His conditions — alternating hemiplegia of childhood and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome — involve paralysis and severe epilepsy. Molly Duerig, azcentral, "This mom is going to hike across Arizona with her son on her back. Here's why," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hemiplegia

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hemiplegia

New Latin, from Middle Greek hēmiplēgia paralysis, from Greek hēmi- + -plēgia -plegia

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“Hemiplegia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemiplegia. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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hemi·​ple·​gia | \ ˌhem-i-ˈplē-j(ē-)ə How to pronounce hemiplegia (audio) \

Medical Definition of hemiplegia

: total or partial paralysis of one side of the body that results from disease of or injury to the motor centers of the brain

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