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

Examples of cerebral palsy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Janene Lalonde, 46, who lives in north Seattle, also has a son with special needs: Franklin, 3, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Christina Caron, New York Times, "‘It Is a Nightmare Out Here’: Seattle Parents Struggle to Balance Work and Child Care," 17 Mar. 2020 Happily ever after Bill Adams’ cerebral palsy affects his movement, and his speech can be difficult to follow. Rita Price, Cincinnati.com, "Disabled couples navigate red tape on way to altar," 13 Jan. 2020 But Matthew, 20, has cerebral palsy and a chromosome disorder, making many of these activities difficult at times. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Brookfield mother is fighting for more adult-size changing stations across Wisconsin," 10 Jan. 2020 The Wilsons cling to their miracle, JaiKayla, who has mild cerebral palsy from her premature birth and has overcome a brain bleed and surgery for spinal fluid buildup in her brain. oregonlive, "Driver who struck pregnant woman, putting her in a vegetative state before her death, sentenced to 16 years," 7 Dec. 2019 People who have neuromuscular disorders, such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy, may develop scoliosis as a result of that underlying disorder. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, "Scoliosis most often develops during growth spurt just before puberty," 4 Dec. 2019 Liz Grigsby, who has cerebral palsy and works as an advocate at Golden Gate Regional Center, lives at the Leland, a senior housing complex on Howard Street in SoMa. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "SF affordable housing project would create homes for developmentally disabled," 16 Nov. 2019 Among the families who use the Nook is Sarah Fletcher, whose 10-year-old son Toby has dystonic cerebral palsy and is also deaf and fed by a tube. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Made an "Emotional" Visit to a Children’s Hospice This Morning," 15 Nov. 2019 There’s really two challenges going on with the representation of someone with a condition, whether it’s cerebral palsy or cancer or Tourette’s syndrome. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Edward Norton on challenges of portraying character with Tourette syndrome in Motherless Brooklyn," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of cerebral palsy

1824, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Cerebral palsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerebral%20palsy. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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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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