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tetraplegia Syllabification: tet·ra·ple·gi·a
Pronunciation: /ˌtetrəˈplēj(ē)ə/

Definition of tetraplegia in English:


Another term for quadriplegia.
Example sentences
  • Less commonly, cerebral palsy takes the form of a hypotonic tetraplegia, with no spasticity, when the child has a mobility problem but with floppy muscles.
  • Five subjects with paraplegia and 4 with tetraplegia participated in the clinical treatment protocol.
  • All too often, quadriplegia (or tetraplegia as it is now referred to) is innocently confused with paraplegia, a condition where only the lower limbs are affected.


Early 20th century: from tetra- 'four' + paraplegia.



Pronunciation: /ˌtetrəˈplējik/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • A tetraplegic woman on a ventilator made legal history last week when she became the first patient in the United Kingdom to go to court in a bid to have the ventilator switched off.
  • In the letter, he revealed that he was a tetraplegic, meaning he suffered from severe disabilities, believed to have been caused by a car accident a few years ago.
  • Then he broke his neck and became a tetraplegic, paralysed from the waist down, and with some loss of use of his arms as well.

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