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[par-uh-lit-ik] /ˌpær əˈlɪt ɪk/
a person affected with paralysis.
affected with or subject to paralysis.
pertaining to or of the nature of paralysis.
Origin of paralytic
1300-50; Middle English paralitik < Latin paralyticus < Greek paralytikós, equivalent to paraly- (see paralysis) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
paralytically, adverb
nonparalytic, adjective, noun
postparalytic, adjective
semiparalytic, noun, adjective
subparalytic, adjective Unabridged
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  • The shock, we are told, brought on a paralytic seizure of which he died.

  • At the house of an old lady of seventy, a paralytic, the rebuff was of a different kind.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • He had also learned something of the paralytic seizure which the disaster had occasioned.

  • The eyes of the paralytic had faintly lit up at his approach.

    A Bride of the Plains

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • I trembled like a paralytic, and was afraid that my anger might get me into difficulty.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Here again the most frequent is the cure of paralytic symptoms and of obsessions.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • They heard the words spoken to the paralytic, and were angered thereat.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • They must wait upon the paralytic father with proper punctilio.

    Personality in Literature Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
British Dictionary definitions for paralytic


of, relating to, or of the nature of paralysis
afflicted with or subject to paralysis
(Brit, informal) very drunk
a person afflicted with paralysis
Derived Forms
paralytically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for paralytic

c.1300 (adj.), late 14c. (n.), from Old French paralitique "paralyzed, unmoving," from Latin paralyticus, from Greek paralytikos, from paralysis (see paralysis).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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paralytic in Medicine

paralytic par·a·lyt·ic (par'ə-lĭt'ĭk)

  1. Of or relating to paralysis.

  2. Affected with paralysis.

A person affected with paralysis.
par'a·lyt'i·cal·ly adv.
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