loss of the ability to move a body part
The complete loss of voluntary control of part of person's body, such as one or more limbs.
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
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.]
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
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)
The numerical value of Paralysis in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Paralysis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Routine is not organization, any more than paralysis is order.
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The absence of most of the governors this late in the process really indicates the paralysis and division in Republican elite circles.
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- paràlisiCatalan, Valencian
- Lähmung, ParalyseGerman
- まひ状態, 麻痺Japanese
- 痲痺, 마비Korean
- парализованность, параличRussian
- paralys, förlamningSwedish
- felç, inmeTurkish
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