paralytic

1 of 2

adjective

par·​a·​lyt·​ic ˌper-ə-ˈli-tik How to pronounce paralytic (audio)
ˌpa-rə-
1
: affected with, characterized by, or causing paralysis
2
: of, relating to, or resembling paralysis
paralytically adverb

paralytic

2 of 2

noun

: one affected with paralysis

Example Sentences

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
But some children get really sick from the poliovirus, and about 1% develop paralytic polio, usually occurring one to three days after what had seemed to be a minor illness has resolved. Lynn R. Goldman And Amanda D. Castel, STAT, 11 Nov. 2022 During that period, at least one child was identified with paralytic polio and 19 other children have been infected but not paralyzed, according to the United Nations Children's Fund. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 14 Oct. 2022 Normally after a week of contracting polio, paralytic symptoms occur. Shelby Denise Smith, Essence, 24 Aug. 2022 Less than 1% of polio cases are paralytic, according to the CDC. Kyla Guilfoil, ABC News, 19 Aug. 2022 Are people in the U.S. now at risk of paralytic polio? Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 29 Sep. 2022 Since January, 19 cases of paralytic polio have been confirmed in western Ukraine, leading to a declaration of a public health emergency. Awi Federgruen, STAT, 16 Sep. 2022 Second, the one case of paralytic polio may be the tip of a large iceberg. Deblina Chakraborty, CNN, 15 Sep. 2022 Oral polio vaccines are highly effective at protecting against paralytic polio and are safe and affordable. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 13 Sep. 2022
Noun
The state's lethal injection protocol uses a combination of the drugs midazolam as a sedative, vecuronium bromide as a paralytic, and potassium chloride to stop the heart. Andy Rose And Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 10 June 2022 The state's lethal injection protocol uses a combination of the drugs midazolam as a sedative, vecuronium bromide as a paralytic, and potassium chloride to stop the heart. Andy Rose And Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 10 June 2022 Experts now believe that the paralytic used in the original three-drug protocol masked the torture inmates were experiencing. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, 23 Sep. 2022 The state's lethal injection protocol uses a combination of the drugs midazolam as a sedative, vecuronium bromide as a paralytic, and potassium chloride to stop the heart. Andy Rose And Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 10 June 2022 The state's lethal injection protocol uses a combination of the drugs midazolam as a sedative, vecuronium bromide as a paralytic, and potassium chloride to stop the heart. Andy Rose And Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 10 June 2022 The state's lethal injection protocol uses a combination of the drugs midazolam as a sedative, vecuronium bromide as a paralytic, and potassium chloride to stop the heart. Andy Rose And Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 10 June 2022 The state's lethal injection protocol uses a combination of the drugs midazolam as a sedative, vecuronium bromide as a paralytic, and potassium chloride to stop the heart. Andy Rose And Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 10 June 2022 The state's lethal injection protocol uses a combination of the drugs midazolam as a sedative, vecuronium bromide as a paralytic, and potassium chloride to stop the heart. Andy Rose And Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 10 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near paralytic

Cite this Entry

“Paralytic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paralytic. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

paralytic 1 of 2

adjective

par·​a·​lyt·​ic ˌpar-ə-ˈlit-ik How to pronounce paralytic (audio)
1
: affected with, marked by, or causing paralysis
2
: of, relating to, or resembling paralysis

paralytic

2 of 2

noun

: one affected with paralysis

Medical Definition

paralytic 1 of 2

adjective

par·​a·​lyt·​ic ˌpar-ə-ˈlit-ik How to pronounce paralytic (audio)
1
: affected with or characterized by paralysis
2
: of, relating to, causing, or resembling paralysis

paralytic

2 of 2

noun

: one affected with paralysis
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