quadriplegic

noun
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 quadriplegia (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.

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Neuralink, a startup founded by Musk, says the devices can be used by those seeking a memory boost or by stroke victims, cancer patients, quadriplegics or others with congenital defects. Michael Scaturro, CNN, "Elon Musk is making implants to link the brain with a smartphone," 17 July 2019 Neuralink, a startup founded by Musk, says the devices can be used by those seeking a memory boost or by stroke victims, cancer patients, quadriplegics or others with congenital defects. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Watch: Elon Musk is making implants to link the brain with a smartphone," 17 July 2019 Musk hopes the implant, created by his brain-computer interface startup Neuralink, could one day help quadriplegics control smartphones, and perhaps even endow users with a sort of telepathy. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Elon Musk hopes to put a computer chip in your brain. Who wants one?," 22 July 2019 Musk hopes the implant, created by his brain-computer interface startup Neuralink, could one day help quadriplegics control smartphones, and perhaps even endow users with a sort of telepathy. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Elon Musk hopes to put a computer chip in your brain. Who wants one?," 22 July 2019 Musk hopes the implant, created by his brain-computer interface startup Neuralink, could one day help quadriplegics control smartphones, and perhaps even endow users with a sort of telepathy. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Elon Musk hopes to put a computer chip in your brain. Who wants one?," 20 July 2019 Researchers with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency already have been able to create interfaces allowing quadriplegics to independently manipulate robot arms to perform manual tasks like drinking. John Markoff, New York Times, "Elon Musk’s Company Takes Baby Steps to Wiring Brains to the Internet," 16 July 2019 Claflin knows this is a far cry from his popular role as Will Traynor, the upper-class quadriplegic who falls in love with Emilia Clarke's Lou in the 2016 romantic drama Me Before You. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Why 'Adrift' heartthrob Sam Claflin looks so fierce: 'It's the side of me no one has seen'," 31 May 2018 This might benefit people with paralysis, such as quadriplegics, or people with movement disorders. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Urban horse therapy program coming to Milwaukee's Bay View area will be first of its kind," 4 July 2018

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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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More Definitions for quadriplegic

quadriplegic

adjective
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

quadriplegic

noun

Medical Definition of quadriplegic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one affected with quadriplegia

called also tetraplegic

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