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 paralytic (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 And Haddad wants to explore whether the use of a paralytic drug is necessary. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 The portrait of Rudin that emerges from their stories is remarkably consistent: constant verbal berating, sleep deprivation, and an ambient, paralytic fear dedicated to fulfilling the most mundane tasks, like ordering food or binding scripts. Benjamin Wallace, Vulture, 4 Aug. 2021 During the procedure, the patient is anesthetized, and paralytic drugs are administered to quiet convulsions in the body. Donald Antrim, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 The portrait of Rudin that emerges from their stories is remarkably consistent: constant verbal berating, sleep deprivation, and an ambient, paralytic fear dedicated to fulfilling the most mundane tasks, like ordering food or binding scripts. Benjamin Wallace, Vulture, 4 Aug. 2021 The portrait of Rudin that emerges from their stories is remarkably consistent: constant verbal berating, sleep deprivation, and an ambient, paralytic fear dedicated to fulfilling the most mundane tasks, like ordering food or binding scripts. Benjamin Wallace, Vulture, 4 Aug. 2021 The portrait of Rudin that emerges from their stories is remarkably consistent: constant verbal berating, sleep deprivation, and an ambient, paralytic fear dedicated to fulfilling the most mundane tasks, like ordering food or binding scripts. Benjamin Wallace, Vulture, 4 Aug. 2021 That ban came the day after the harvest of blue mussels, carnivorous snails and whole sea scallops was prohibited because of elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poison, also known as red tide. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 July 2021 Elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poison, also known as red tide, has made the taking, selling, possession or consumption of shellfish unsafe, according to the release. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But then the needle slipped out of the vein and dumped the paralytic and the potassium chloride into soft tissue. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 The paralytic drugs prevent the patient from involuntarily coughing during the process and showering the anesthesiologist with viral particles. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 9 Apr. 2020 Additional drugs called paralytics are often added to prevent the body from moving. Popular Science, 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, 25 July 2019 Cisatracurium is a paralytic used in surgeries as a skeletal muscle relaxant. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, 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, 6 Nov. 2018 By the same logic, dosing prisoners with paralytics can also make executions less traumatic for witnesses. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, 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, 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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“Paralytic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paralytic. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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paralytic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of paralytic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: affected with or causing paralysis
: very drunk

paralytic

noun

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

: 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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