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paralysis

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noun pa·ral·y·sis \pə-ˈra-lə-səs\

Simple Definition of paralysis

  • 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

Full Definition of paralysis

plural pa·ral·y·sesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 :  complete or partial loss of function especially when involving the motion or sensation in a part of the body

  2. 2 :  loss of the ability to move

  3. 3 :  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.



Origin of paralysis

Latin, from Greek, from paralyein to loosen, disable, from para- + lyein to loosen — more at lose


First Known Use: 1525

Rhymes with paralysis


PARALYSIS Defined for Kids

paralysis

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noun pa·ral·y·sis \pə-ˈra-lə-səs\

Definition of paralysis

plural pa·ral·y·ses \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  loss of the ability to move all or part of the body (as from disease or injury)




Medical Dictionary

paralysis

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noun pa·ral·y·sis \pə-ˈral-ə-səs\

Medical Definition of paralysis

plural pa·ral·y·ses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  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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