Definition of paraplegia in English:


Syllabification: par·a·ple·gi·a
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈplēj(ē)ə


  • Paralysis of the legs and lower body, typically caused by spinal injury or disease.
    More example sentences
    • A spinal injury leading to paraplegia or quadriplegia could lead to an insurance company paying out between €5 million and €7 million.
    • Paralysis can involve all four extremities, a condition called quadriplegia or tetraplegia, or only the lower body, resulting in paraplegia.
    • Injuries to the lower spinal cord could cause paraplegia while injuries to the upper level could cause quadriplegia - completely immobilising a patient.



adjective & noun
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  • One half of the 26 men were paraplegic, and one half were quadriplegic.
  • A male paraplegic who had experienced several ulcers and surgeries described the importance of ongoing skin assessment.
  • Have scientists discovered a panacea that will not only cure some of mankind's most debilitating illnesses but also get paraplegics walking again?


mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek paraplēgia, from paraplēssein 'strike at the side', from para 'beside' + plēssein 'to strike'.

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