Definition of paraplegia in English:



mass noun
  • Paralysis of the legs and lower body, typically caused by spinal injury or disease.

    • ‘His professional interests were in metastatic paraplegia and paediatric orthopaedics.’
    • ‘Two male respondents, 1 with paraplegia and 1 with quadriplegia, verbalized self-responsibility for the PU as well.’
    • ‘Deep vein thrombosis, anemia, quadriplegia, and paraplegia were similar between the 2 groups.’
    • ‘At that time, he showed left-sided weakness, which progressed to paraplegia 6 months later when he was admitted to a rehabilitation hospital.’
    • ‘Injuries to the lower spinal cord could cause paraplegia while injuries to the upper level could cause quadriplegia - completely immobilising a patient.’
    • ‘The cysts of the bone may result in pathologic fractures, and cysts in the lower vertebrae may lead to spinal cord compression and paraplegia.’
    • ‘I think the area that people find harder to understand is people with physical signs, paralysis or blindness, paraplegia in a wheelchair, because that's outside our normal experience.’
    • ‘His partial paraplegia improved over the course of a year, after which he presented for treatment of erectile dysfunction.’
    • ‘Injuries to the spinal cord leading to quadriplegia or paraplegia take into account a variety of factors with maximum compensation levels set at €300,000.’
    • ‘Five subjects with paraplegia and 4 with tetraplegia participated in the clinical treatment protocol.’
    • ‘For example, a person with paraplegia who is wheelchair-bound may be working successfully on a full-time basis as an accountant and therefore not meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disabled.’
    • ‘A glimpse in the past brought out the history of paraplegia in the world in general and India in particular.’
    • ‘A spinal injury leading to paraplegia or quadriplegia could lead to an insurance company paying out between €5 million and €7 million.’
    • ‘After the operations the plaintiffs developed spastic paraplegia which resulted in permanent paralysis from the waist downwards.’
    • ‘Traditionally, many patients are left until they develop neurological signs of paraplegia, by which time many will never walk again.’
    • ‘Paralysis can involve all four extremities, a condition called quadriplegia or tetraplegia, or only the lower body, resulting in paraplegia.’
    • ‘This increases the risk of vertebral canal haematoma, which can lead to permanent paraplegia.’
    • ‘Early onset paraplegia develops during the active phase of infection.’
    • ‘We are talking here about brain damage, quadriplegia and paraplegia, mental illness and loss of limbs, eyesight, hearing and sexual function.’
    • ‘One respondent, a man with paraplegia who had multiple Stage IV ulcers and flap repairs in the past, verbalized his feelings about stereotypical terms used in relationship to people in wheelchairs.’
    immobility, powerlessness, lack of sensation, numbness, deadness, incapacity, debilitation
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Mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek paraplēgia, from paraplēssein ‘strike at the side’, from para ‘beside’ + plēssein ‘to strike’.