Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Loss or impairment of the ability to move a body part, usually as a result of damage to its nerve supply.
  • noun Loss of sensation over a region of the body.
  • noun Inability to move or function; total stoppage or severe impairment of activity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The impairment of the normal capacity of the nervous system for bringing into action one or more active organs, muscular or glandular, or for receiving impressions along one or more sensory paths.
  • noun Figuratively, loss of energy; loss of the power of performing regular functions; the state of being crippled, as in an emergency, or helpless amid any circumstances.
  • noun Paralysis due to an encephalic lesion.
  • noun Muscular pseudohypertrophy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun loss of the ability to move a body part

Etymologies

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

[Latin, from Greek paralusis, from paralūein, to disable, loosen : para-, on one side; see para– + lūein, to release; see leu- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin paralysis, from Ancient Greek παράλυσις (paralusis, "palsy"), from παραλύειν (paraluein, "to disable on one side"), from παρά (para, "beside") + λύειν (luein, "loosen").

Examples

  • _ -- In complete unilateral _facial paralysis_ (Bell's paralysis) the affected side of the face is expressionless and devoid of voluntary or emotional movement.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities—Head—Neck. Sixth Edition.

  • The term paralysis has generally been used to express the loss of voluntary motion, as in the hemiplagia, but may with equal propriety be applied to express the disobediency of the muscular fibres to the other kinds of stimulus; as to those of irritation or sensation.

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  • I mean, the paralysis is the fact that they don't have a government, therefore no legislation is going forward in the parliament.

    An End In Sight For Iraqi Government Deadlock

  • The next day, G. W. Smith had made fumbling and overcautious efforts to continue the battle and, on June 2, had suffered an illness which he described as paralysis.

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  • The next day, G. W. Smith had made fumbling and overcautious efforts to continue the battle and, on June 2, had suffered an illness which he described as paralysis.

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  • The next day, G. W. Smith had made fumbling and overcautious efforts to continue the battle and, on June 2, had suffered an illness which he described as paralysis.

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  • The next day, G. W. Smith had made fumbling and overcautious efforts to continue the battle and, on June 2, had suffered an illness which he described as paralysis.

    Lee’s Lieutenants

  • * The loss of the capacity for motion is referred to as paralysis from a Greek word meaning "to loosen."

    The Human Brain

  • But this kind of paralysis is a whole new phenomenon.

    Matthew Yglesias » Birch Bayh

  • Vocal cord paralysis is the second most common congenital defect of the larynx (voice box).

    Vocal Cord Paralysis

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