paralysis

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noun pa·ral·y·sis \pə-ˈra-lə-səs\

Definition of paralysis

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paralyses

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  1. 1 :  complete or partial loss of function especially when involving the motion or sensation in a part of the body

  2. 2 :  loss of the ability to move

  3. 3 :  a state of powerlessness or incapacity to act

Examples of paralysis in a sentence

  1. The disease causes a paralysis of the legs.

  2. The whole country is in a state of paralysis.

  3. They are trying to end the political paralysis that has been gripping the country.

Origin and Etymology of paralysis

Latin, from Greek, from paralyein to loosen, disable, from para- + lyein to loosen — more at lose


First Known Use: 1525


PARALYSIS Defined for English Language Learners

paralysis

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noun pa·ral·y·sis \pə-ˈra-lə-səs\

Definition of paralysis for English Language Learners

  • medical : a condition in which you are unable to move or feel all or part of your body

  • : a state of being unable to function, act, or move


PARALYSIS Defined for Kids

paralysis

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noun pa·ral·y·sis \pə-ˈra-lə-səs\

Definition of paralysis for Students

plural

paralyses

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  1. :  loss of the ability to move all or part of the body (as from disease or injury)


Medical Dictionary

paralysis

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noun pa·ral·y·sis \pə-ˈral-ə-səs\

Medical Definition of paralysis

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paralyses

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  1. :  complete or partial loss of function especially when involving the power of motion or of sensation in any part of the body—see hemiplegia, paraplegia, paresis 1



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