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[puh-ree-sis, par-uh-sis] /pəˈri sɪs, ˈpær ə sɪs/
noun, Pathology.
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
Related forms
[puh-ret-ik, -ree-tik] /pəˈrɛt ɪk, -ˈri tɪk/ (Show IPA),
noun, adjective
paretically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for paretic
Historical Examples
  • 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.

  • The sleeplessness of melancholia and of paretic dementia may be thus relieved.

  • She nursed an old father in it, a bedridden mother, a paretic brother, when she should have been having children.

    The Confession Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • There may also be ataxic symptoms, paretic weakness of bowel and bladder, trembling and spasms.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • Any one previously unnamed of the whole layout of M. Dumas, excepting only a paretic volume entitled "The Conspirators."

    The Delicious Vice Young E. Allison
  • To insist upon keeping a paretic all his lifetime in such an institution is highly irrational, to say the least.

British Dictionary definitions for paretic


/pəˈriːsɪs; ˈpærɪsɪs/
noun (pathol) (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
incomplete or slight paralysis of motor functions
short for general paresis See general paralysis of the insane
Derived Forms
paretic (pəˈrɛtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
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



"partial paralysis," 1690s, Modern Latin, from Greek paresis "letting go, slackening of strength, paralysis," from stem of parienai "to let go," from para- (see para- (1)) + hienai "to send, throw" (see jet (v.)).

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paretic in Medicine

paresis pa·re·sis (pə-rē'sĭs, pār'ĭ-sĭs)
n. pa·re·ses (-sēz)

  1. Slight or partial paralysis.

  2. General paresis.

pa·ret'ic (pə-rět'ĭk) adj. & n.
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