American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Complete paralysis of a single limb, muscle, or muscle group.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, paralysis limited to a single part, as of one arm or leg. Compare hemiplegia, paraplegia.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) Paralysis affecting a single limb.
- n. paralysis of a single limb
- mono- + -plegia (Wiktionary)
“Paralysis of a single member or a single group of muscles is known as monoplegia and results from injury to the motor center or to a nerve trunk leading to the part that is involved.”
“It is not wonderful that symptoms of monoplegia and of limited anæsthesia should be made to disappear by suggestion, but the cure cannot be counted on in any given case, nor is it enduring when it does result.”
“The paralysis may affect one side of the body -- _hemiplegia_, or both sides -- _diplegia_; less commonly one extremity alone is involved -- _monoplegia_.”
“In rare cases the whole motor area is destroyed -- _cortical hemiplegia_; more generally the lesion affects one or more groups of muscles, and occasionally all the muscles of one limb are paralysed -- _cortical monoplegia_.”
“Particular groups of muscles on the side opposite to the lesion may first show spasmodic jerkings or spasms (unilateral monospasm), and later the same groups become paralysed (monoplegia).”
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