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Meaning of PARALYSIS

Pronunciation:  pu'ralisis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  loss of the ability to move a body part

PARALYSIS is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: palsy
 See Also: akinesia, akinesis, alalia, cystoparalysis, cystoplegia, diplegia, disfunction, dysfunction, Erb-Duchenne paralysis, Erb's palsy, hemiplegia, monoplegia, ophthalmoplegia, paraplegia, paresis, quadriplegia, unilateral paralysis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pa*ral"y*sis\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to loosen,
dissolve, or disable at the side; ? beside + ? to loosen. See
{Para-}, and {Loose}, and cf. {Palsy}.] (Med.)
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.
``Utter paralysis of memory.'' --G. Eliot.

      Mischievous practices arising out of the paralysis of
      the powers of ownership.                 --Duke of
                                               Argyll (1887).

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Complete or partial inability to move a part of the body.
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