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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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  • She will merely become a kind of paralytic; the kind that can move a little but not enough; always wheeled about in a chair.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • I am arranging to give it to the home for paralytic children.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • His legs wobbled and bent like those of a paralytic, and his head fell forward through very weakness.

    The Scouts of Stonewall Joseph A. Altsheler
  • And even near thee, palsy struck I was, The paralytic on the river bank!

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
  • He was seized that night with a paralytic disorder, which at once deprived him of the use of his limbs and his speech.

  • A paralytic stroke in 1822 weakened him, though he was still able to write.

  • Then at last the overworked brain gave way, and during this year he had more than one paralytic seizure.

  • This condition of irritability passes into paralytic impotence.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
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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