cerebral palsy


Definition of cerebral palsy 

: a disability resulting from damage to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth and outwardly manifested by muscular incoordination and speech disturbances

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cerebral-palsied adjective

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Maggie's son, Ben, has cerebral palsy; her family faced many obstacles for his care. Marie Claire, "What Barbara Boxer and Nicole Boxer Learned From Years on the Campaign Trail," 23 Oct. 2018 And Speechless continues to tell fresh, funny stories about a family where one of the kids has cerebral palsy. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "4 new TV shows to try, from Halloween horror to the Flight of the Conchords," 5 Oct. 2018 But the eight-year-old Ohio boy, who has cerebral palsy, was left in floods of tears in the middle of his first practice after he was yelled at by coaches and berated by another kid. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Ohio high school football team invites bullied boy to sit on the sidelines with them entire season," 30 Aug. 2018 Metal, glass and bamboo present dangers for people who have difficulty controlling their motor functions — from stroke survivors to people who have cerebral palsy. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "A splash of cold water on straw-ban fervor: Many people with disabilities need them," 13 July 2018 On Monday, Gallegos, who has cerebral palsy, completed his first half-marathon in Eugene, Oregon, in two hours, three minutes and 49 seconds. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "PHOTOS: Nike Unveils New FlyEase Shoe Assisting Runners With Disabilities," 1 May 2018 She was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy at age 1, according to the family's YouCaring page. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "This Video of a 4-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Walking on Her Own for the First Time Will Make Your Day," 6 July 2018 The video of a 4-year-old girl with cerebral palsy taking her first steps went viral after her family posted the emotional video on social media. Fox News, "Girl, 4, with cerebral palsy takes first steps in emotional video," 4 July 2018 However, health conditions like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy can also cause scoliosis, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Princess Eugenie Shares an X-Ray From Her Childhood Scoliosis Surgery on Instagram," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of cerebral palsy

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cerebral palsy was in 1889

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Medical Definition of cerebral palsy 

: a disability resulting from damage to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth and outwardly manifested by muscular incoordination and speech disturbances — see ataxic cerebral palsy, athetoid cerebral palsy, spastic cerebral palsy

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cerebral palsied adjective

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