Etymology
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paraplegia (n.)

"paralysis of the lower half of the body," 1650s, Latinized form of (Ionic) Greek paraplēgia "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").

updated on January 13, 2020

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Definitions of paraplegia from WordNet

paraplegia (n.)
paralysis of the lower half of the body (most often as a result of trauma);
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