Definitions for Paralysispəˈræl ə sɪs; -ˌsiz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pa•ral•y•sispəˈræl ə sɪs; -ˌsiz(n.)(pl.)-ses

  1. a loss or impairment of movement or sensation in a body part, caused by injury or disease of the nerves, brain, or spinal cord. a disease characterized by this, esp. palsy.

    Category: Pathology

  2. a state of helpless stoppage or inability to act.

Origin of paralysis:

1515–25; < L < Gk parálysis =paralyein to loosen (i.e., disable) on one side (para-para -1+lyein to loosen) +-sis -sis ; cf. palsy

Princeton's WordNet

  1. paralysis, palsy(noun)

    loss of the ability to move a body part

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. paralysis(noun)əˈræl ə sɪs

    the inability to move the body

    paralysis of the muscles of the forearm

  2. paralysisəˈræl ə sɪs

    the inability to function

    The power failure caused paralysis of the subway system.

Wiktionary

  1. paralysis(Noun)

    The complete loss of voluntary control of part of person's body, such as one or more limbs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paralysis(noun)

    abolition of function, whether complete or partial; esp., the loss of the power of voluntary motion, with or without that of sensation, in any part of the body; palsy. See Hemiplegia, and Paraplegia. Also used figuratively

Freebase

  1. Paralysis

    Paralysis is loss of muscle function for one or more muscles. Paralysis can be accompanied by a loss of feeling in the affected area if there is sensory damage as well as motor. A study conducted by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, suggests that about 1 in 50 people have been diagnosed with paralysis. The word comes from the Greek παράλυσις, "disabling of the nerves", itself from παρά, "beside, by" + λύσις, "loosing" and that from λύω, "to loose".

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Paralysis

    A general term most often used to describe severe or complete loss of muscle strength due to motor system disease from the level of the cerebral cortex to the muscle fiber. This term may also occasionally refer to a loss of sensory function. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p45)


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

paralysis(noun)

a loss of the ability to move

The paralysis affects his legs.

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