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Quadriplegia

    Quadriplegia is caused by damage to the spinal cord at a high level (e.g. cervical spine) or the brain. The injury causes the victim to lose use of the arms and legs. The condition is also termed tetraplegia; both terms mean "paralysis of four limbs".

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Quadriplegia
Quadriplegia is caused by damage to the spinal cord at a high level (e.g. cervical spine) or the brain. The injury causes the victim to lose use of the arms and legs. The condition is also termed tetraplegia; both terms mean "paralysis of four limbs".

Cord
1. In anatomy, a long ropelike structure. 2. Short for the spinal cord or the umbilical cord.

Cervical
Having to do with the neck (cervical spine) or the cervix of the uterus.

Brain
"That part of the central nervous system that is located within the cranium (skull). The brain functions as the primary receiver, organizer and distributor of information for the body. It has two (right and left) halves called ""hemispheres."" "

Injury
Injury is damage or harm caused to the structure or function of the body caused by an outside agent or force, which may be physical or chemical.

Arms
An appendage in anatomy and in clinical trials. See: Arm.

Condition
The term "condition" has a number of biomedical meanings including the following: 1.An unhealthy state, such as in "this is a progressive condition." 2.A state of fitness, such as "getting into condition." 3.Something that is essential to the occurrence of something else; essentially a "precondition." 4.As a verb: to cause a change in something so that a response that was previously associated with a certain stimulus becomes associated with another stimulus; to condition a person, as in behavioral conditioning.

Tetraplegia
Paralysis of all four extremities only. Another term for quadriplegia.

Mean
The sum of the values of all observations or data points divided by the number of observations, an arithmetical average.



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Quadramet
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Quadriceps
The name applied collectively to a group of four thigh muscles that insert together into the tendon surrounding the kneecap.



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Quadriplegia

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QRS complex
This is the main part of the heart beat visible on the EKG, which represents the contraction of the heart's ventricles. This is the Big spike you see in the complex.

Quadriceps
The name applied collectively to a group of four thigh muscles that insert together into the tendon surrounding the kneecap.

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