from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Causing paralysis.
- n. An agent or drug That paralyzes or induces paralysis. Alien, and Neurol., VI. 47. Also spelled paralysant.
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The alkaloid, spirachin (a nerve paralyzant) has been found in the roots ....
But later researches lead to the conclusion that the effect of alcoholic liquors is not properly that of a stimulant, but of a narcotic paralyzant, and that while it indeed quickens, it also really weakens the heart's action.
As experiments conducted since that time show that it is not a cardiac stimulant, but a direct cardiac paralyzant, what excuse is there for using it as a medicine now?
In closing their report in regard to the action of different alcohols, they say that 'by their direct action on the cardiac tissue these drugs are clearly _paralyzant_, and that this appears to be the case from the outset, _no stage of increased force of contraction preceding_.'
"Sir Henry Thompson says: 'That alcohol is an anæsthetic and paralyzant is a fact too well established to be questioned or contradicted.'
We know from most conclusive experiments it is a direct _cardiac paralyzant_. "