They have sometimes been spoken of as hysterical palsies or paralyses.
We can only get up provisions from day to day—which paralyses our operations.
Paralysis of the palate and other paralyses may follow either of the forms of sore throat just described.
He was corroded by suspicion, and this paralyses able servants.
We have left our house and set forth in the darkness which paralyses those faculties that make us men in the world of men.
In this country the expected always happens, which paralyses the brain.
It disorganises his understanding; it paralyses his power to carry out orders.
She shudders when she even thinks of him, and the sight of him is a horror that paralyses her.
It paralyses religious feeling, and checks religious activity.
It paralyses the will, stultifies the reason, and stifles every holy emotion in the soul.
1804, from French paralyser (16c.), from Old French paralisie "paralysis," from Latin paralysis (see paralysis). Figurative use from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing.
1520s, from Latin paralysis, from Greek paralysis "paralysis, palsy," literally "loosening," from paralyein "disable, enfeeble," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + lyein "loosen, untie" (see lose).
Figurative use from 1813. Earlier form was paralysie (late 14c., see palsy). Old English equivalent was lyft adl (see left (adj.)) or crypelnes "crippleness."
paralysis pa·ral·y·sis (pə-rāl'ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. pa·ral·y·ses (-sēz')
Loss of power of voluntary movement in a muscle through injury or through disease of its nerve supply.
Loss of sensation over a region of the body.
paralyze par·a·lyze (pār'ə-līz')
v. par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing, par·a·lyz·es
To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.
The loss of voluntary movement in a body part. Paralysis results from damage to the nerves that supply the affected part of the body.