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Paraplegics have complete or incomplete paralysis of the lower half of the body including both legs, usually caused by damage to the spinal cord.
The amount of paralysis is almost always a correlation of how much damage was suffered in the spinal cord. Motor vehicle accidents are the prime cause and more than 10 thousand people per year suffer a spinal cord injury, most injuries result in tetraplegia which is paralyais of the entire body below the neck.
John was in a bad accident last night and severed his spinal cord.

How bad is it?

The trauma doctors at the hospital said his spine was severed near the lower part of his sternum. John may never walk again. He's paraplegic.

Thank god he's still alive and didn't suffer brain damage. And at least he's not a quadriplegic
by J.P. a paraplegic July 10, 2008
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a paraplegic is someone with disabled bodily functions
"i wasn't gonna run from the cops but i was high, i was gonna pull right over and stop, but i was high-now i'm a paraplegic and i know why yeah cuz i got high, cuz i got high, cuz i got hiiigh..."
by psycho_squirrel26 October 31, 2006
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someone who doesn't have full use of their body
did you hear about the paraplegic porn star? he's got an arm like a baby's dick
by elsteveador November 07, 2004
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