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Definition of plegia

plegia: Suffix meaning paralysis or a stroke. As in cardioplegia (paralysis of the heart), hemiplegia (paralysis of one side of the body), paraplegia (paralysis of the legs), and quadriplegia (paralysis of all four extremities). From the Greek plege meaning a blow or stroke.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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