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palsy

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[ pawl-zee ]
/ ˈpɔl zi /
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noun, plural pal·sies.
any of a variety of atonal muscular conditions characterized by tremors of the body parts, as the hands, arms, or legs, or of the entire body.
verb (used with object), pal·sied, pal·sy·ing.
to paralyze.
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Origin of palsy

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1250–1300; Middle English, variant of parlesie<Middle French paralisie<Latin paralysisparalysis

OTHER WORDS FROM palsy

pal·sy·like, adjective

Other definitions for palsy (2 of 2)

palsy2
[ pal-zee ]
/ ˈpæl zi /

adjective Slang.

Origin of palsy

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First recorded in 1925–30; pal + -sy
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British Dictionary definitions for palsy

palsy
/ (ˈpɔːlzɪ) pathol /

noun plural -sies
paralysis, esp of a specified typecerebral palsy
verb -sies, -sying or -sied (tr)
to paralyse

Derived forms of palsy

palsied, adjective

Word Origin for palsy

C13 palesi, from Old French paralisie, from Latin paralysis
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Medical definitions for palsy

palsy
[ pôlzē ]

n.
Complete or partial muscle paralysis, often accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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