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

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 This can lead to respiratory issues, cerebral palsy, development delay, and vision problems, among other issues; the CDC reports that babies born before 32 weeks of pregnancy have higher rates of disability and death. Serena Coady, SELF, 11 May 2022 Zain Nadella, who was in his mid-20s, was born with cerebral palsy, which his father has credited for softening his outlook on work and life. Omar Abdel-baqui, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 An Oklahoma state jury convicted him of child neglect for his maltreatment of his five-year-old stepdaugher, who is legally blind and has cerebral palsy. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 28 Apr. 2022 The case at the Supreme Court involves Victor Castro-Huerta, who is not Native American and was convicted in state court of abusive neglect of his 5-year-old stepdaughter, a tribal member who has cerebral palsy and is legally blind. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Apr. 2022 Debbie said that the charity events were particularly important to Lynn, because her best friend, Theresa, had muscular dystrophy and one of her nephews had cerebral palsy. NBC News, 24 Apr. 2022 Daniel is a 16-year-old with cerebral palsy and epilepsy who is in the hospital with severe COVID-19 complications due to a compromised immune system. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 16 Feb. 2022 The Oregon native, who was born with cerebral palsy and other severe medical conditions, was 36. oregonlive, 14 Feb. 2022 Her son, Asher, who is nearing his third birthday, has cerebral palsy and issues with his respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, putting him at higher risk from the coronavirus. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cerebral palsy

1824, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“Cerebral palsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerebral%20palsy. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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