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

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MyLynn, 19, is on the autism spectrum, has mild cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus from excess fluid in the brain. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Lorna Doone Park is closed for construction. When it reopens, it’s ‘going to be on par with Lake Eola Park’," 4 June 2019 In the video, officer Tyler Collins is seen punching 13-year-old Da’veon Cieslack — a boy with cerebral palsy and several mental health issues — while his hands were handcuffed behind his back. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Police Officer Seen Punching Da'veon Cieslack, a 13-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy, in Video," 15 May 2019 Vodianova was moved to action by witnessing the plight of her own sister Oksana, who has cerebral palsy and autism and whose needs at the time were not adequately met by her country’s existing infrastructure. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Giambattista Valli, Zac Posen, Imaan Hammam, and More Attended Natalia Vodianova’s Lavish Love Ball Arabia," 3 Apr. 2019 This solution would work for people with cerebral palsy, who usually speak atypically but consistently, according to Rudzicz. Kevin Wheeler, Curbed, "Why voice assistants don’t understand people who stutter," 12 Dec. 2018 These kids have autism, cerebral palsy, osteogenesis or other conditions. Mike Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Buddy Ball Baseball League a field of dreams for kids with disabilities," 21 June 2018 Born with cerebral palsy, Mr. Borrero, 31, had been receiving Social Security checks in one form or another for nearly his entire life. New York Times, "Disability Applications Plunge as the Economy Strengthens," 19 June 2018 He was diagnosed at age 2 with cerebral palsy, a disabling condition that snarls messages going from the brain to the muscles. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When life is one battle after another, you learn how to fight. Just ask this West Allis warrior.," 13 June 2018 She was ultimately diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a disorder caused by brain malformations that affect movement and muscle coordination. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Get on my back.’ How Terry Rozier and his sister bonded through struggle," 18 May 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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