paralytic

adjective
par·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌper-ə-ˈli-tik How to pronounce paralytic (audio) , ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of paralytic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : affected with, characterized by, or causing paralysis
2 : of, relating to, or resembling paralysis

paralytic

noun

Definition of paralytic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one affected with paralysis

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Adjective

paralytically \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce paralytically (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adverb

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Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of paralytic in a Sentence

Adjective a group of paralytic drunks at first, he would not accept that he was now paralytic and needed help
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Ohio used the sedative midazolam to induce unconsciousness, followed by a paralytic drug and potassium chloride to stop the heart. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Cleveland killer, other death row inmates’ executions delayed as Ohio struggles to find new lethal-injection drugs," 5 Sep. 2020 Some of the campaigns have recently been re-started, but health workers need to vaccinate more than 90% of children in their efforts to eradicate the paralytic disease. Maria Cheng, Star Tribune, "UN says new polio outbreak in Sudan caused by oral vaccine," 2 Sep. 2020 Roughly 5-10% of patients who caught paralytic polio died, although this number was far higher in the days before widespread use of the iron lung. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Among the Last in An Iron Lung," 26 May 2020 Unlike the federal government, Indiana's lethal injection process uses a cocktail that includes an anesthetic, a paralytic agent and a chemical to stop the heart. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Supreme Court to decide if state must identify suppliers of death penalty drugs," 8 July 2020 Roosevelt, who suffered a paralytic illness at age 39, said this during an inaugural address that mainly focused on the Great Depression. Katherine Fitzgerald, The Arizona Republic, "Kyler Murray video shows Arizona Cardinals offense rolling with workouts," 30 June 2020 The paralytic drug normally administered prior to intubation is clearly working, but the sedative is not. Elliott Woods, Wired, "‘Let’s Save Some Lives’: A Doctor’s Journey Into the Pandemic," 3 May 2020 The opera’s bursts of orchestral fury are balanced by long stretches of paralytic stillness, during which the orchestra hovers almost motionless, like a poisonous fog. Matthew Aucoin, The New York Review of Books, "Opera at the Edge," 7 Dec. 2019 Over the next 30 hours, the report said, the man developed encephalopathy, brain damage, and paralytic ileus, or paralysis of the intestine. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Healthy man dies after being licked by dog and getting rare infection, researchers found," 25 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The paralytic drugs prevent the patient from involuntarily coughing during the process and showering the anesthesiologist with viral particles. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Amid rush to secure ventilators, doctors warn of shortage of crucial drugs," 9 Apr. 2020 Additional drugs called paralytics are often added to prevent the body from moving. Popular Science, "Working out in the ICU could help patients in the long run," 28 Jan. 2020 The traditional three-drug cocktail used sodium thiopental as a sedative and vecuronium bromide or a similar compound as a paralytic. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "We Are All Executioners Now," 25 July 2019 Cisatracurium is a paralytic used in surgeries as a skeletal muscle relaxant. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Nebraska Set to Use Drug Cocktail That Includes Fentanyl in Execution Tuesday," 13 Aug. 2018 Like other states with the death penalty, Tennessee makes lethal injection the default method, using a three-drug cocktail starting with a sedative called midazolam and followed by doses of a paralytic and a heart-stopping toxin. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Tennessee Death-Row Inmates Demand Execution by Firing Squad," 6 Nov. 2018 By the same logic, dosing prisoners with paralytics can also make executions less traumatic for witnesses. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Untested Drugs at the Heart of Nevada's Execution Controversy," 11 July 2018 Nevada’s first-of-its-kind execution protocol also calls for the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl to slow Dozier’s breathing and the muscle paralytic cisatracurium to prevent movement and stop his breathing. Ken Ritter, USA TODAY, "Nevada execution in doubt after pharmaceutical company lawsuit," 11 July 2018 Nevada's first-of-its-kind execution protocol also calls for the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl to slow Dozier's breathing and the muscle paralytic cisatracurium to prevent movement and stop his breathing. NBC News, "Nevada execution in doubt after drug company sues to stop it," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of paralytic

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paralytic

Adjective

Middle English paralytyk, from Anglo-French paralitik, from Latin paralyticus, from Greek paralytikos, from paralyein

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The first known use of paralytic was in the 14th century

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14 Sep 2020

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“Paralytic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paralytic. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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paralytic

adjective
How to pronounce paralytic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of paralytic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

medical : affected with or causing paralysis
British, informal : very drunk

paralytic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of paralytic (Entry 2 of 2)

medical : a person who is paralyzed

paralytic

adjective
par·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌpar-ə-ˈlit-ik How to pronounce paralytic (audio) \

Medical Definition of paralytic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : affected with or characterized by paralysis
2 : of, relating to, causing, or resembling paralysis

paralytic

noun

Medical Definition of paralytic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one affected with paralysis

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