A person who is paralyzed in both arms and both legs.
Late 19th century: from latin quadri- "four" + paralysed (see paraplegic).
- The accident left him quadriplegic and unable to move or feel anything below his neck.
- Quadriplegia is a severe form of paralysis that can result from spinal cord injury, brain damage, or certain diseases.
- People with quadriplegia often require extensive medical care and rehabilitation.
- Wheelchairs, breathing machines, and other assistive devices can help quadriplegics live more independent lives.
- There is still much research to be done in the field of spinal cord injury, with the hope of someday finding a cure for quadriplegia.