Origin: Anc Greek
literally means “be stricken on one side”
The name paraplegia is to be found several times in brief in the Greek texts of Hippocrates and Galen although not always corresponding to the clinical picture as understood today . On the other hand Galen must be credited with a competent description of this disease but he did mention the name paraplegia.
Paraplegia is the paralysis of the lower half of the body (below T1 region)