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Line breaks: quadri|ple¦gia
Pronunciation: /ˌkwɒdrɪˈpliːdʒə

Definition of quadriplegia in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
Paralysis of all four limbs; tetraplegia.
Example sentences
  • Paralysis can involve all four extremities, a condition called quadriplegia or tetraplegia, or only the lower body, resulting in paraplegia.
  • Deep vein thrombosis, anemia, quadriplegia, and paraplegia were similar between the 2 groups.
  • The most common forms of cerebral palsy in children who have been born preterm are spastic hemiplegia or quadriplegia (bilateral).


1920s: from quadri- 'four' + a shortened form of paraplegia.



adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • We report the case of a 43-year-old quadriplegic woman with bilateral vulvar enlargement.
  • One half of the 26 men were paraplegic, and one half were quadriplegic.
  • Yes, we've got approval from the FDA to implant this chip into 5 quadriplegic patients over the next year.

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