quad·​ri·​ple·​gic | \ ˌkwä-drə-ˈplē-jik How to pronounce quadriplegic (audio) \

Definition of quadriplegic

: one affected with partial or complete paralysis of both the arms and legs especially as a result of spinal cord injury or disease in the region of the neck

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quadriplegia \ ˌkwä-​drə-​ˈplē-​j(ē-​)ə How to pronounce quadriplegic (audio) \ noun

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Quadriplegia is the result of injury or illness, almost always affecting the spine. Though a paraplegic has lost the use only of his or her legs, quadriplegics are paralyzed in all four limbs. Today voice-activated wheelchairs help the quadriplegic get around, and houses can be equipped with similar systems to operate lights and appliances; monkeys have even been trained to assist quadriplegics with everyday tasks. The work of the quadriplegic actor Christopher Reeve has led to remarkable advances in developing new nerve connections, enabling some determined paraplegics and quadriplegics to walk again.

Examples of quadriplegic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pilot, scuba diver and Travel Channel personality trains the spotlight on such diverse explorers as a quadriplegic who climbed Machu Picchu, a pair of transgender travelers and the founder of a hiking group for Indigenous women. Washington Post, "With travel podcasts, explore the world through your ear buds," 11 Dec. 2020 Also last year, San Diego and two of its contractors agreed to pay $56 million to a bicyclist who was rendered quadriplegic when his bike tumbled into an unattended trench. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Placer County pays $9.9 million to medically compromised man shot twice by deputy," 1 Dec. 2020 Michelle Bain’s mother is a 64-year-old quadriplegic who lives at Alden Estates of Naperville. Joe Mahr, chicagotribune.com, "Rise in COVID-19 statewide leading to alarming surge in nursing home cases and deaths, health officials say," 20 Nov. 2020 Her doctor warned that a car accident or bad fall could leave her a quadriplegic. Amy Wray And Rachael Scott, CNN, "Gold medalist Laura Wilkinson attempts Olympic comeback after nearly a decade in retirement," 3 Oct. 2020 The two-day race weekend marks the first time Schmidt, who’s a quadriplegic, has entered a race since his crash more than 20 years ago. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "More than 20 years after devastating crash, Sam Schmidt returns to racing," 8 Oct. 2020 A day after his arrest, Zuniga was taken to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a severe cervical fracture, a swollen spinal cord and was a diagnosed as a quadriplegic, according to the complaint. Raja Razek, CNN, "Family sues officers for alleged use of excessive force and lack of medical care leading to man's death," 6 Oct. 2020 In August 2017, a driver in Riverside, California was rendered a quadriplegic after her car was struck from behind in a chain reaction collision. Eli Wolfe, oregonlive, "Seatback failures: A hidden danger in many vehicles," 5 Sep. 2020 Michael Hickson was a 46-year-old African American resident of Texas, a quadriplegic with a brain injury. Lynn Varco, Star Tribune, "Pandemic reveals unethical bias," 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of quadriplegic

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quadriplegic

quadriplegia, from New Latin

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The first known use of quadriplegic was in 1921

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24 Dec 2020

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“Quadriplegic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadriplegic. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for quadriplegic


quad·​ri·​ple·​gic | \ ˌkwäd-rə-ˈplē-jik How to pronounce quadriplegic (audio) \

Medical Definition of quadriplegic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or affected with quadriplegia quadriplegic patients



Medical Definition of quadriplegic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one affected with quadriplegia

called also tetraplegic

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