Medical Definition of Cripple

Cripple: 1. A person who is lame or disabled. The word "cripple" is a medically outmoded and politically incorrect term in this usage. 2. To maim or disable a person. From the Anglo-Saxon "creopan" meaning "to creep." Someone who was crippled, as from an oxcart rolling over his leg, had to creep along.

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