Definition of paraplegia noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌpærəˈpliːdʒə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpærəˈpliːdʒə//
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paralysis (= loss of control or feeling) in the legs and lower body Word Origin mid 17th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek paraplēgia, from paraplēssein ‘strike at the side’, from para ‘beside’ + plēssein ‘to strike’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: paraplegia