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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Complete paralysis of the body from the neck down.

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  • noun paralysis from the neck down
  • noun paralysis of all four limbs

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  • noun paralysis of both arms and both legs

Etymologies

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From the Latin quadri- (“four”) +‎ plegia, from the Ancient Greek πλήσσειν (plegein, "to strike"); probably patterned after paraplegia.

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