- partial motor paralysis.
- a late manifestation of syphilis, characterized by progressive dementia and paralysis.
Origin of paresis
1685–95; < New Latin < Greek páresis paralysis, a letting go, equivalent to pare- (variant stem of pariénai to let go) + -sis -sis
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Examples from the Web for paretic
The paretic has defects of memory, but he is, as a rule, quite unconscious of them.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
There seemed to be a great dryness of her throat and the muscles of her throat were paretic.The Social Gangster
Arthur B. Reeve
In this case the paretic segment forms the outer or receiving layer of the intussusception.
The old, the feeble, the paralytic, and paretic need special care.How to Care for the Insane
William D. Granger
Occasionally alcoholic insanity takes on a paretic form, or it may be epileptic.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
- incomplete or slight paralysis of motor functions
- short for general paresisSee general paralysis of the insane
C17: via New Latin from Greek: a relaxation, from parienai to let go, from para- 1 + hienai to release
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Word Origin and History for paretic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Slight or partial paralysis.
- General paresis.
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