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

  • n. Complete paralysis of the lower half of the body including both legs, usually caused by damage to the spinal cord.

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  • n. A condition where the lower half of a patient's body is paralyzed and cannot move.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Palsy of the lower half of the body on both sides, caused usually by disease of the spinal cord.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Paralysis of both lower limbs with more or less of the trunk.

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

  • n. paralysis of the lower half of the body (most often as a result of trauma)

Etymologies

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

Greek dialectal paraplēgiē, hemiplegia, from paraplēssesthai, paraplēg-, to be paralyzed, from paraplēssein, to strike on one side : para-, beside; see para-1 + plēssein, to strike; see plāk-2 in Indo-European roots.

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From New Latin paraplegia, from Ancient Greek παραπληγία (paraplēgia), Ionic Greek for παραπληξία (paraplēksia, "paralysis on one side"), from παραπλήσσεσθαι (paraplēssesthai, "to be stricken on one side"), active παραπλήσσειν (paraplēssein, "to strike on one side"), from παρά (para, "beside") + πλήσσειν (plēssein, "to strike").

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