Meaning of diplegia in English:


Pronunciation /dʌɪˈpliːdʒə/


mass nounMedicine
  • Paralysis of corresponding parts on both sides of the body, typically affecting the legs more severely than the arms.

    ‘When both legs are affected (spastic diplegia), a child may have difficulty walking because tight muscles in the hips and legs cause legs to turn inward and cross at the knees (called scissoring).’
    • ‘Bilateral Bell's phenomenon is found in myasthenia gravis, sarcoidosis, bilateral Bell's palsies, congenital facial diplegia, some rare forms of muscular dystrophy, and motor neurone disease.’
    • ‘It was found that height was reduced in children with spastic quadriplegia but was maintained in the normal range in children with diplegia and hemiplegia.’
    • ‘She had facial diplegia, with the left side being more affected than the right.’
    • ‘The presence of PVL carries a high risk of neurologic morbidity (most often spastic diplegia).’
    immobility, powerlessness, lack of sensation, numbness, deadness, incapacity, debilitation


Late 19th century from di-‘two’, on the pattern of hemiplegia and paraplegia.