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[Greek -plēgiā, from plēgē, a blow, from plēssein, plēg-, to strike; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]
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n combining form
(Pathology) indicating a specified type of paralysis: paraplegia.
[from Greek, from plēgē stroke, from plēssein to strike]
-plegic adj combining form, n combining form
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a combining form meaning “paralysis, cessation of motion” in the limbs or region of the body specified by the initial element: quadriplegia.
[< Greek -plēgia, comb. form representing plēgḗ blow, stroke]
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