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 palsy (audio) , ˈser-​ə-​ , ˈse-​rə-​ \ adjective

Examples of cerebral palsy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Josh has cerebral palsy, along with physical and developmental disabilities. Hunter Woodall, Star Tribune, "Stimulus package benefits millions of families with adult dependents," 13 Apr. 2021 The doc discusses how there was a hierarchy of people with disabilities, and the individuals who had cerebral palsy were at the bottom. Shlomo Sprung, Forbes, "Jason Benetti Discusses ESPN Debut As NBA Announcer, Working With Bill Walton, Thriving With Cerebral Palsy," 12 Apr. 2021 Angelina has cerebral palsy and can’t walk or talk. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Some San Diego students spent 100% of school year in class; others spent all of it at a computer," 20 Mar. 2021 Mason Joyce was born with cerebral palsy and has a seizure disorder. Lori Riley, courant.com, "Lori Riley: Dick Hoyt pushed his son in races, advocated for inclusion of the disabled, and left behind a wonderful legacy that others have followed," 4 Apr. 2021 Tim and his wife Jenna took Gavin to a neurologist, who diagnosed him with cerebral palsy. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Cerebral palsy doesn't stop Northwest Christian soccer standout Gavin Kohner from pursuing his dreams," 11 Mar. 2021 Daniel Day-Lewis earned his first Oscar for playing Christy Brown, an Irishman born with cerebral palsy who learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb, his left foot. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "St. Patrick’s Day streaming: Best movies, TV shows about Ireland and Irish people," 17 Mar. 2021 At the time, the ACLU was representing Elizabeth Bouvia, a then-26-year-old woman living with quadriplegia caused by cerebral palsy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Death with dignity: Navigating California’s system for physician-assisted death," 16 Mar. 2021 Instead, she was thrilled — and proud — to see that Duggan went broad, including all intellectual and developmental disabilities and specifically naming six conditions, in addition to Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. NBC News, "Detroit's Covid vaccination queue is one of first to include people with ADHD, other disabilities," 20 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of cerebral palsy

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Cerebral palsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerebral%20palsy. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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cerebral palsy


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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