spastic paralysis

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Over the past couple of months, Lizzo and Beyoncé were both called out for their use of a word that is considered a slur in the disability community that refers to people with spastic paralysis or cerebral palsy. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Aug. 2022

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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 6 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

spastic paralysis

noun

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

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