paralytic

adjective
par·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ˌper-ə-ˈli-tik, 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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Other Words from paralytic

Adjective

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

Synonyms for paralytic

Synonyms: Adjective

paralyzed

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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

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Jump ahead to the mid-1950s, when 16,000 people, mostly children, got paralytic polio every year in the US. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Man Who Says Science Blew Its Best Shot at an AIDS Vaccine," 1 June 2018 To date this year there have been only eight cases of paralytic polio diagnosed, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Polio eradication initiative meets resistance to appeals to destroy samples," 25 May 2018 And even a little carelessness or complacency could bring Nigeria’s twenty-month stretch of zero cases of paralytic polio to an end. Time, "How Imams, Royalty and Family Celebrations are Wiping Out Polio in Nigeria," 7 May 2018 Following a paralytic stroke, Dr. Sofie died in a Houston hospital on July 21, 1925. Joe Holley, Houston Chronicle, "Gunshot victims in Brazoria knew to call ‘Dr. Sofie’," 6 Apr. 2018 To stay closer to Pasaquan, try Mountain Top Inn and Resort in Warm Springs, Ga., the town where President Franklin D. Roosevelt endeavored to recuperate from his paralytic illness (from $126 a night, mountaintopinnga.com). Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "A Weird and Wonderful Art Tour of the Deep South," 14 Dec. 2017 For those billions, the experience of clinical anxiety can range from a persistent fretfulness, distractedness and a sort of whole-body clenching, to the paralytic crisis of a full-blown panic attack. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "What Does an Anxiety Disorder Feel Like? Here Are 4 Signs You May Have a Problem," 11 Dec. 2017 The Florida protocol calls for an injection of etomidate, followed by the paralytic agent rocuronium bromide and potassium acetate to stop the heart. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, "Johnson & Johnson Wades Into Death Penalty Debate For First Time," 22 Aug. 2017 The paralytic drug was the second given before the execution team gave Otte a drug that stopped his heart. Staff, cleveland.com, "Comment here on cleveland.com court and crime stories for Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017," 13 Sep. 2017

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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 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, Time, "A Drug Company Is Suing to Stop Its Drug From Being Used in a Nevada Execution," 11 July 2018 Attorneys for the state and the former chief state medical officer who helped draw up the protocol last year said the paralytic is to ensure that Dozier’s breathing muscles stop. Ken Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Nevada switches drug to be used in 1st execution since 2006," 3 July 2018 These devious little specimens deliver a rapid one-two punch to their victims: first, an immobilizing paralytic to the abdomen, then a second sting into its neck that targets the roach brain. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Real Life Wasp Superpowers Not in Ant-Man and the Wasp," 22 Mar. 2018 Christ healing the paralytic, left, and Christ walking on water, right. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "What did Jesus look like? It might not be what you think, new study says | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Feb. 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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paralytic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of paralytic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

medical : affected with or causing paralysis

: 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 \

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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