from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Paralysis affecting only one side of the body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Total or partial inability to move one side of the body.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A palsy that affects one side only of the body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, paralysis that affects one lateral half of the body. Also hemiplegy hemiplexia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. paralysis of one side of the body


Late Greek hēmiplēgia : Greek hēmi-, hemi- + Greek -plēgiā, -plegia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἡμιπλήξ (hēmiplēks), also ἡμιπληγής (hēmiplēgēs, "stricken on one side"), from ἡμι- (hēmi-, "half") + πλήσσειν (plēssein, "to strike"). (Wiktionary)


  • For example, patients suffering from anosognosia seem to lack any awareness that they have a neurological problem most commonly hemiplegia, that is, paralysis or weakness of one side of the body following a stroke or other injury to the brain.

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • Paralysis of one-half of the body is known as hemiplegia and results from destruction or severe disturbances of the cerebral hemisphere of the opposite side of the body or from interference with nerve paths between the cerebellum, or small brain, and the spinal cord.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • Black stools sometimes attend the commencement of hemiplegia, which is probably an effusion of blood from the biliary duct, where the liver is previously affected; or some blood may be derived to the intestines by its escaping from the vena cava into the receptacle of chyle during the distress of the paralytic attack; and may be conveyed from thence into the intestines by the retrograde motions of the lacteals; as probably sometimes happens in diabætes.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Most commonly seen is hemiplegia where one side of the body becomes weaker than the other side.

    Hand Splinting

  • Each child's weakness or hemiplegia will be different depending on the location, type, and severity of the stroke.

    Hand Splinting

  • The Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA) was incorporated in 1999 to provide assistance, information and counseling to families of children who have hemiplegia, hemiparesis, or childhood stroke.www.

    Web sites about childhood stroke

  • HemiHelp is a website in Great Britain formed by a group of parents in 1990 to offer information and support to children and young people with hemiplegia, to their families or carers and to the professionals who work with them and to increase general awareness of the condition.

    Web sites about childhood stroke

  • E-mail support group of over 900 families of children who have hemiplegia or hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

    Web sites about childhood stroke

  • He applied for disability and was turned down because his policy only paid if he had hemiplegia, the total loss of all movement on one side of the body, a much less common situation.

    Richard C. Senelick, M.D.: Would You Get the Same Care as Gabrielle Giffords?

  • Ramachandran (1996) reports the case of a woman (FD) who suffered from a right hemisphere stroke which left her with left hemiplegia.



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