What does Paralysis mean?

Definitions for Paralysispəˈræl ə sɪs; -ˌsiz

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paralysis, palsy(noun)

    loss of the ability to move a body part


  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

  2. Origin: [L., fr. Gr. para`lysis, fr. paraly`ein to loosen, dissolve, or disable at the side; para` beside + ly`ein to loosen. See Para-, and Loose, and cf. Palsy.]


  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)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Paralysis in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Paralysis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sir Arthur Helps:

    Routine is not organization, any more than paralysis is order.

  2. Michael Graves:

    I wouldn't have been a health care nut if it hadn't been for my paralysis, so something good came from this.

  3. Baland Jalal:

    Sleep paralysis can be a very frightening experience for some people,and a clear understanding of what actually causes it would have great implications for people who suffer from it.

  4. Alejandro Ordonez:

    This announcement means the paralysis of the armed forces against the FARC while that group continues impacting the civilian population with a range of crimes, it's evident the government has decided to accept the FARC's imposition of a bilateral ceasefire before the signing of an agreement for the end of the conflict.

  5. Baland Jalal:

    If you have fear, the activation in fear centers in the brain might mean more likelihood of fully awaking during sleep paralysis, and experiencing the whole thing, and by experiencing it, you would have more fear — and then, you have all these cultural ideas of what it is added as well, and now you are even more scared of it.

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