Definition of tetraplegic in US English:

tetraplegic

adjective & noun

  • See tetraplegia

    • ‘In the letter, he revealed that he was a tetraplegic, meaning he suffered from severe disabilities, believed to have been caused by a car accident a few years ago.’
    • ‘A tetraplegic woman on a ventilator made legal history last week when she became the first patient in the United Kingdom to go to court in a bid to have the ventilator switched off.’
    • ‘He says he thought that he'd be able to jump far enough into the deep water, but he landed in the shallow water, and was horribly crippled, he was a tetraplegic.’
    • ‘He broke his neck in the accident, which resulted in him becoming tetraplegic, meaning he has no use or movement in his body or limbs below his shoulders.’
    • ‘Then he broke his neck and became a tetraplegic, paralysed from the waist down, and with some loss of use of his arms as well.’

Pronunciation

tetraplegic

/ˌtɛtrəˈplidʒɪk//ˌtetrəˈplējik/