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 paralysesplay \-ˌsēz\
1 : complete or partial loss of function especially when involving the motion or sensation in a part of the body
2 : loss of the ability to move
3 : a state of powerlessness or incapacity to act
Examples of paralysis in a sentence
The disease causes a paralysis of the legs.
The whole country is in a state of paralysis.
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
PARALYSIS Defined for Kids
Definition of paralysis for Students
plural pa·ral·y·ses \-ˌsēz\
: loss of the ability to move all or part of the body (as from disease or injury)
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