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palsy

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noun, pal·sy \ˈpȯl-zē\

Definition of palsy

plural palsies

  1. 1 :  paralysis

  2. 2 :  a condition marked by uncontrollable tremor of the body or a part



Examples of palsy in a sentence

  1. <palsy can sometimes be caused by a brain injury>



Origin of palsy

Middle English palesie, alteration of parlesey, from Anglo-French paralisie, from Latin paralysis


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with palsy


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palsy

verb, pal·sy

Definition of palsy

palsiedpalsying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to affect with or as if with palsy



1615

First Known Use of palsy

1615


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palsy

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adjective pal·sy \ˈpal-zē\

Definition of palsy




PALSY Defined for Kids

palsy

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noun pal·sy \ˈpȯl-zē\

Definition of palsy for Students

  1. 1 :  paralysis

  2. 2 :  an uncontrollable trembling of the body or a part of the body




Medical Dictionary

palsy

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noun pal·sy \ˈpȯl-zē\

Medical Definition of palsy

plural palsies

  1. 1:  paralysis—used chiefly in combination <oculomotor palsy>; see bell's palsy, cerebral palsy

  2. 2:  a condition that is characterized by uncontrollable tremor or quivering of the body or one or more of its parts—not used technically





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