spastic paralysis

noun

: paralysis with tonic spasm of the affected muscles and with increased tendon reflexes

Examples of spastic paralysis in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spastic paralysis was in 1879

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“Spastic paralysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spastic%20paralysis. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

spastic paralysis

noun
: paralysis with tonic spasm of the affected muscles and with increased tendon reflexes

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