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paraplegia (n.)

"paralysis of the lower half of the body," 1650s, Latinized form of (Ionic) Greek paraplēgie "paralysis of one side of the body," from paraplēssein "strike at the side," paraplēssesthai "be stricken on one side," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + plēssein "to strike" (from PIE root *plak- (2) "to strike").

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