Definition of paraplegia in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Traditionally, many patients are left until they develop neurological signs of paraplegia, by which time many will never walk again.’
    • ‘This increases the risk of vertebral canal haematoma, which can lead to permanent paraplegia.’
    • ‘His professional interests were in metastatic paraplegia and paediatric orthopaedics.’
    • ‘Deep vein thrombosis, anemia, quadriplegia, and paraplegia were similar between the 2 groups.’
    • ‘Injuries to the lower spinal cord could cause paraplegia while injuries to the upper level could cause quadriplegia - completely immobilising a patient.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A glimpse in the past brought out the history of paraplegia in the world in general and India in particular.’
    • ‘The cysts of the bone may result in pathologic fractures, and cysts in the lower vertebrae may lead to spinal cord compression and paraplegia.’
    • ‘After the operations the plaintiffs developed spastic paraplegia which resulted in permanent paralysis from the waist downwards.’
    • ‘Two male respondents, 1 with paraplegia and 1 with quadriplegia, verbalized self-responsibility for the PU as well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Paralysis can involve all four extremities, a condition called quadriplegia or tetraplegia, or only the lower body, resulting in paraplegia.’
    • ‘Five subjects with paraplegia and 4 with tetraplegia participated in the clinical treatment protocol.’
    • ‘Early onset paraplegia develops during the active phase of infection.’
    • ‘At that time, he showed left-sided weakness, which progressed to paraplegia 6 months later when he was admitted to a rehabilitation hospital.’
    • ‘We are talking here about brain damage, quadriplegia and paraplegia, mental illness and loss of limbs, eyesight, hearing and sexual function.’
    • ‘His partial paraplegia improved over the course of a year, after which he presented for treatment of erectile dysfunction.’
    • ‘A spinal injury leading to paraplegia or quadriplegia could lead to an insurance company paying out between €5 million and €7 million.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.