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Definition of "hemiplegia" [‖Hem•i•ple•gi•a]

  • Paralysis affecting only one side of the body. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hemiplegia" in a sentence
  • "For example, patients suffering from anosognosia seem to lack any awareness that they have a neurological problem most commonly hemiplegia, that is, paralysis or weakness of one side of the body following a stroke or other injury to the brain."
  • "Paralysis of one-half of the body is known as hemiplegia and results from destruction or severe disturbances of the cerebral hemisphere of the opposite side of the body or from interference with nerve paths between the cerebellum, or small brain, and the spinal cord."
  • "Black stools sometimes attend the commencement of hemiplegia, which is probably an effusion of blood from the biliary duct, where the liver is previously affected; or some blood may be derived to the intestines by its escaping from the vena cava into the receptacle of chyle during the distress of the paralytic attack; and may be conveyed from thence into the intestines by the retrograde motions of the lacteals; as probably sometimes happens in diabætes."
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