What does paraplegic mean?

Definitions for paraplegic
-ˈpli dʒɪk, -ˈplɛdʒ ɪkpara·plegic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paraplegicadjective

    a person who has paraplegia (is paralyzed from the waist down)

  2. paraplegicadjective

    suffering complete paralysis of the lower half of the body usually resulting from damage to the spinal cord


  1. paraplegicnoun

    A person who suffers from paraplegia.

  2. paraplegicadjective

    of, related to, or suffering from paraplegia


  1. paraplegic

    Paraplegia, or paraparesis, is an impairment in motor or sensory function of the lower extremities. The word comes from Ionic Greek (παραπληγίη) "half-stricken". It is usually caused by spinal cord injury or a congenital condition that affects the neural (brain) elements of the spinal canal. The area of the spinal canal that is affected in paraplegia is either the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral regions. If four limbs are affected by paralysis, tetraplegia or quadriplegia is the correct term. If only one limb is affected, the correct term is monoplegia. Spastic paraplegia is a form of paraplegia defined by spasticity of the affected muscles, rather than flaccid paralysis. The American Spinal Injury Association classifies spinal cord injury severity in the following manner. ASIA A is the complete loss of sensory function and motor skills below the injury. ASIA B is having some sensory function below the injury, but no motor function. In ASIA C, there is some motor function below the level of injury, but half of the muscles cannot move against gravity. In ASIA D, more than half of the muscles below the level of injury can move against gravity. ASIA E is the restoration of all neurologic function.


  1. paraplegic

    A paraplegic is a person who has suffered paralysis of the lower half of the body, typically as a result of spinal cord injury or disease. It usually affects both legs and, often, the lower trunk. Paraplegia results in loss of movement and sensation in the affected parts of the body, though the extent can vary depending on the specific circumstances.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paraplegic in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paraplegic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of paraplegic in a Sentence

  1. Bill Cassara:

    Would you believe the person who wrote that letter was kind enough to put his name and return address? it was somewhere in Northern California. And my contact told me the guy was a wheelchair-bound paraplegic. The deputy assured me they were going to this guy’s house and make sure it would never happen again. Doris and Terry were a bit relieved but it certainly brought up those fears. Those fears certainly never left Terry.

  2. Brooke Baker:

    I hope you know you’re super lucky because you should have been dead or paraplegic.

  3. Dustin Kaywood:

    He laughed at me like he didn’t believe I was paraplegic…He said, ‘If you can’t walk in and get it, we’re not bringing it out to you,’ that is discrimination. Why does everybody else better than me just because I can’t walk? I’ve never in my life had someone do that to me…it hurts. It hurts bad.

  4. Joan Lawler:

    They said, unfortunately, John was a paraplegic and needed to be moved to a special unit.

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