quadriplegia

noun
quad·​ri·​ple·​gia | \ ˌkwäd-rə-ˈplē-j(ē-)ə How to pronounce quadriplegia (audio) \

Medical Definition of quadriplegia

: partial or complete paralysis of both the arms and legs that is usually due to injury or disease of the spinal cord in the region of the neck

called also tetraplegia

Learn More about quadriplegia

Cite this Entry

“Quadriplegia.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/quadriplegia. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on quadriplegia

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for quadriplegia

Britannica English: Translation of quadriplegia for Arabic Speakers

Comments on quadriplegia

What made you want to look up quadriplegia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!