Definition of paralysis
1 : complete or partial loss of function especially when involving the motion or sensation in a part of the body
2 : loss of the ability to move
3 : a state of powerlessness or incapacity to act
Examples of paralysis in a Sentence
The disease causes a paralysis of the legs.
The whole country is in a state of paralysis.
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
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
Definition of paralysis for Students
: loss of the ability to move all or part of the body (as from disease or injury)
Learn More about paralysis
See words that rhyme with paralysis Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for paralysis Spanish Central: Translation of paralysis Nglish: Translation of paralysis for Spanish speakers Britannica English: Translation of paralysis for Arabic speakers Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about paralysis
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up paralysis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).