Definitions for quadriplegiaˌkwɒd rəˈpli dʒi ə, -dʒə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
quad•ri•ple•gi•aˌkwɒd rəˈpli dʒi ə, -dʒə(n.)
paralysis of all four limbs or of the entire body below the neck.
Origin of quadriplegia:
paralysis of both arms and both legs
paralysis from the neck down
paralysis of all four limbs
Origin: From the , from the ; probably patterned after paraplegia.
Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury to a human that results in the partial or total loss of use of all their limbs and torso; paraplegia is similar but does not affect the arms. The loss is usually sensory and motor, which means that both sensation and control are lost.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Severe or complete loss of motor function in all four limbs which may result from BRAIN DISEASES; SPINAL CORD DISEASES; PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DISEASES; NEUROMUSCULAR DISEASES; or rarely MUSCULAR DISEASES. The locked-in syndrome is characterized by quadriplegia in combination with cranial muscle paralysis. Consciousness is spared and the only retained voluntary motor activity may be limited eye movements. This condition is usually caused by a lesion in the upper BRAIN STEM which injures the descending cortico-spinal and cortico-bulbar tracts.
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