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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Other Words from quadriplegic

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.

Examples of quadriplegic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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. 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 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

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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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29 Nov 2019

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“Quadriplegic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadriplegias. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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