paraplegia

noun
para·​ple·​gia | \ ˌper-ə-ˈplē-j(ē-)ə How to pronounce paraplegia (audio) , ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of paraplegia

: 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

Other Words from paraplegia

paraplegic \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈplē-​jik How to pronounce paraplegia (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective or noun

Examples of paraplegia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dad lost his youngest son—my brother Peter—to mental illness and supported his oldest son—my brother Frank—to readjusting to life in a wheelchair when an accident left him with paraplegia. Dr Margie Warrell, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 His treatment by police aggravated the injury that caused his paraplegia and humiliated him. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Oct. 2021 In 1917, while working as a volunteer at a hospital for coal miners, Guttmann encountered a patient with a spinal injury and paraplegia. Evelyn Frick, sun-sentinel.com, 25 Aug. 2021 Krouse ruled Moreno died of complications from paraplegia due to the gunshot wound and classified his death as a homicide. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, 31 Mar. 2021 Their disabilities include amputation, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, paraplegia and spinal cord injury. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Mar. 2021 Emily Barker, a 28-year-old based in Los Angeles, lives with paraplegia and an inflammatory condition that requires them to take immunosuppressant drugs. Jameson Rich, The Atlantic, 23 Mar. 2021 Wheelchair basketball games were some of the first public displays of paraplegia, Davis said. Annette Sisco, NOLA.com, 8 Nov. 2020 Before World War II, paraplegia was considered to be a virtual death sentence. David Davis, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of paraplegia

circa 1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paraplegia

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

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23 Nov 2021

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“Paraplegia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paraplegia. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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paraplegia

noun
para·​ple·​gia | \ ˌpar-ə-ˈplē-j(ē-)ə How to pronounce paraplegia (audio) \

Medical Definition of paraplegia

: 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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