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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Other Words from cerebral palsy

cerebral-palsied \ sə-​ˈrē-​brəl-​ˈpȯl-​zēd How to pronounce cerebral-palsied (audio) , ˈser-​ə-​ , ˈse-​rə-​ \ adjective

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The Center's Therapeutic Riding Program was established in 1983 and was developed to assist children and adults with special needs ranging from cerebral palsy to Down's syndrome and autism, to stroke recovery and learning disabilities. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fundraiser set for teen fighting cancer ...plus more in the community," 17 Jan. 2018 The coaches were worried he would get hurt: Warner, born with cerebral palsy, was legally blind. Meagan Flynn, The Seattle Times, "Legally blind high school basketball player took one shot all season and sank it," 5 Feb. 2019 Finally 12 years ago, Carolina got a job at Rady Children’s Hospital working for cerebral palsy specialist Dr. Henry Chambers. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Paralympic skier nears the summit," 9 Feb. 2018 And, if your partner has a disability, that kind of empathy may manifest in unique ways, as explained in a recent viral tweet from Imani Barbarin, who writes about her experience with cerebral palsy on her blog, Crutches & Spice. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 People With Disabilities on the Sweet, Little Ways Their Partners Make Them Feel Loved," 26 June 2018 Hayes Hutto, who was born 13 weeks early and spent 75 days in the NICU, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 18 months old and relies on a motorized wheelchair to get around. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Football player with cerebral palsy scores first touchdown against rival team," 12 Sep. 2018 The duo went on to share smiles with Chloe, 10, who was born with cerebral palsy that left her unable to walk. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Had the Sweetest Moments with Kids at the WellChild Awards," 4 Sep. 2018 Five students at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology designed a bicycle for 9-year-old Bella Cates, whose cerebral palsy affects her right side. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Engineering students use their brains and their hearts to build a bike for a little girl," 18 May 2018 In December 2016, the brave boy born with dystonic quadriplegia cerebral palsy walked a few steps. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Taylor Swift meets Ashland boy inspired to walk by 'Shake It Off' (video)," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of cerebral palsy

1889, in the meaning defined above

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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

Other Words from cerebral palsy

cerebral palsied adjective

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