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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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 These could be people that are living on ventilators or quadriplegics. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Here are three big ways the Trump administration could put its mark on Medicaid," 16 May 2018 Welch is racing against the clock to bring awareness to her 5-year-old nonprofit foundation Freedom to Live, which provides affordable housing and independence training to quadriplegics who are mostly ventilator-dependent. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Famed triathlete racing for quadriplegics," 17 Oct. 2017 Researchers on the project say previous similar dog studies helped them develop methods of electronic stimulation that have improved the breathing of quadriplegics who depend on ventilators. Donovan Slack, USA TODAY, "VA tightens oversight of medical experiments on dogs after surgery failures, canine deaths," 25 Sep. 2017 For All expanded to include cancer survivors, paraplegics, quadriplegics, amputees, and platoons of Wounded Warriors on temporary furlough from Walter Reed Hospital. James Mulvaney, Washington Post, "My son has a rare form of autism. Learning to surf helped save him," 9 Sep. 2017 Quadriplegics are constantly vulnerable to life threatening health problems and bodily malfunctions, like a spike in blood pressure or spontaneous choking, so someone must always be nearby. Chris Mondics, Philly.com, "Quadriplegic fights to recover after his Philly lawyer's devastating trial loss," 19 June 2017

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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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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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