pa·​re·​sis | \ pə-ˈrē-səs How to pronounce paresis (audio) ; ˈper-ə-, ˈpa-rə- How to pronounce paresis (audio) \
plural pareses\ pə-​ˈrē-​ˌsēz How to pronounce paresis (audio) ; ˈper-​ə-​ , ˈpa-​rə-​ \

Definition of paresis

1 : slight or partial paralysis

Other Words from paresis

paretic \ pə-​ˈre-​tik How to pronounce paresis (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of paresis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two of the rats were paralyzed and unable to reach food or water, and a third had paresis and had trouble moving. Rob O'dell, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2021 Doctors diagnosed her with paresis of the vocal folds, a muscular dysfunction. New York Times, 21 Nov. 2019 After she was diagnosed with paresis, Ms. Dhegrae threw herself into research, spending up to 20 hours a day trawling through scientific journals and poring over her own medical history. New York Times, 21 Nov. 2019 Twain’s hesitant return to the recording studio after suffering from vocal paresis began years ago under the diligent insistence of Lionel Richie. Cindy Watts, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of paresis

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paresis

New Latin, from Greek, from parienai to let fall, from para- + hienai to let go, send — more at jet

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“Paresis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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pa·​re·​sis | \ pə-ˈrē-səs How to pronounce paresis (audio) , ˈpar-ə- How to pronounce paresis (audio) \
plural pareses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce paresis (audio) \

Medical Definition of paresis

1 : slight or partial paralysis

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