Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to paralysis.
  • adj. Characteristic of or resembling paralysis.
  • adj. Affected with paralysis; paralyzed.
  • n. A person affected with paralysis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone suffering from paralysis.
  • adj. Affected by paralysis, paralysed.
  • adj. Pertaining to paralysis.
  • adj. Very drunk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to paralysis; resembling paralysis.
  • adj. Affected with paralysis, or palsy.
  • adj. Inclined or tending to paralysis.
  • n. A person affected with paralysis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of paralysis: as, paralytic affection.
  • Affected with paralysis or palsy; palsied; so constituted as to be subject to paralysis.
  • n. One who is affected with paralysis or palsy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or of the nature of paralysis
  • n. a person suffering from paralysis
  • adj. affected with paralysis

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek παραλυτικός (paralytikos, "paralyzed"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There are various types which have been called the paralytic, the choreic, and the saltatory.

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  • _ Tremor of old age consists of a perpetual trembling of the hands, or of the head, or of other muscles, when they are exerted; and is erroneously called paralytic; and seems owing to the small quantity of animal power residing in the muscular fibres.

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  • The resulting sickness, known as paralytic shellfish poisoning, can cause serious illness or death in humans who consume shellfish with toxic levels of red tide.

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  • However, Adam suffered from a rare form of the disorder called paralytic strabismus, in which the eye's misalignment results from paralysis of the muscles on one side of the eye.

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  • However, some strains of Alexandrium tamarense produce very potent neurotoxins known as paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs).

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  • Peaslee had been asked to care for another inmate named John Doton, who was "paralytic" and had maggot-infested bedsores.

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  • The "paralytic," of course, meaning the too much gin sometimes.

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  • It is true that even the great Dr. Johnson defined the word pastern as 'the knee of an horse,' an anatomical inexactitude which would produce on an ostler the same kind of paralytic shock that a sailor might experience on finding in the same famous work leeward and windward described in identical terms as 'toward the wind.'

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  • “In short, we soon separated, and I went, by the advice of a physician, to drink the Bath waters; for my violent affliction, added to a sedentary life, had thrown me into a kind of paralytic disorder, for which those waters are accounted an almost certain cure.

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  • a physician, to drink the Bath waters; for my violent affliction, added to a sedentary life, had thrown me into a kind of paralytic disorder, for which those waters are accounted an almost certain cure.

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