noun pa·ral·y·sis \pə-ˈra-lə-səs\

medical : a condition in which you are unable to move or feel all or part of your body

: a state of being unable to function, act, or move

plural pa·ral·y·ses\-ˌsēz\

Full Definition of PARALYSIS

:  complete or partial loss of function especially when involving the motion or sensation in a part of the body
:  loss of the ability to move
:  a state of powerlessness or incapacity to act

Examples of PARALYSIS

  1. The disease causes a paralysis of the legs.
  2. The whole country is in a state of paralysis.
  3. They are trying to end the political paralysis that has been gripping the country.


Latin, from Greek, from paralyein to loosen, disable, from para- + lyein to loosen — more at lose
First Known Use: 1525

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Rhymes with PARALYSIS


noun pa·ral·y·sis \pə-ˈral-ə-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural pa·ral·y·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of PARALYSIS

:  complete or partial loss of function especially when involving the power of motion or of sensation in any part of the body—see hemiplegia, paraplegia, paresis 1
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