Definition of quadriplegia in English:

quadriplegia

noun

Medicine
  • Paralysis of all four limbs; tetraplegia.

    • ‘Deep vein thrombosis, anemia, quadriplegia, and paraplegia were similar between the 2 groups.’
    • ‘Paralysis can involve all four extremities, a condition called quadriplegia or tetraplegia, or only the lower body, resulting in paraplegia.’
    • ‘David was born with hydrocephalus, has spastic quadriplegia and severe learning disabilities, and is virtually blind.’
    • ‘She developed Reye's syndrome and was left with brain damage, spastic quadriplegia, and epilepsy and a life expectancy of 40.’
    • ‘The most common forms of cerebral palsy in children who have been born preterm are spastic hemiplegia or quadriplegia (bilateral).’
    immobility, powerlessness, lack of sensation, numbness, deadness, incapacity, debilitation
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Origin

1920s: from quadri- ‘four’ + a shortened form of paraplegia.

Pronunciation

quadriplegia

/ˌkwädrəˈplēj(ē)ə//ˌkwɑdrəˈplidʒ(i)ə/