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

Definition of paraplegia in English:


Paralysis of the legs and lower body, typically caused by spinal injury or disease.
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.


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



adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • 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?

Words that rhyme with paraplegia

besieger, procedure

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