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general paralysis

noun, Pathology.
a syphilitic brain disorder characterized by chronic inflammation and degeneration of cerebral tissue resulting in mental and physical deterioration.
Also called general paresis.
Origin of general paralysis
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • So is general paresis, also called general paralysis of the insane, or softening of the brain.


    William J. Robinson
  • One of these witnesses was suffering from a form of insanity known as paranoia, and the other from general paresis.

    The Art of Cross-Examination Francis L. Wellman
  • Consciousness remains intact almost to death, there is excessive weakness of the muscles, perhaps from a general paresis.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • This is characterized by many of the minor phenomena of general paresis, only occasionally rising to the level of that disease.

general paresis in Medicine

general paresis n.
A brain disease occurring as a late consequence of syphilis, characterized by dementia, progressive muscular weakness, and paralysis. Also called Bayle's disease, paralytic dementia.

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