impairment in motor or sensory function of the lower extremities

Paraplegia is paralysis of the legs and lower half of the body. It happens when the spinal cord is damaged. Sometimes, they are kept alive by a life-support machine. It sometimes happens to people because they get a disease.[1]

Superior paraplegia is a type of paraplegia where people cannot use their arms and the top of their body.[2]

A person who has paraplegia is sometimes called a paraplegic.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dawn Freshwater; Sian Masiln-Prothero (2013). Blackwell's Nursing Dictionary. John Wiley & Sons. p. 663. ISBN 978-1-118-69087-1. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  2. Robert Jean Campbell (2009). Campbell's Psychiatric Dictionary. Oxford University Press. p. 723. ISBN 978-0-19-534159-1. Retrieved 12 September 2013.