paraplegia

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

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

paraplegic

play \ˌper-ə-ˈplē-jik, ˌpa-rə-\ adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of paraplegia

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


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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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