[ par-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˈpær əˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing.

to affect with paralysis.
to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike paralyzed communications.
Also especially British, par·a·lyse.

Origin of paralyze

1795–1805; back formation from paralysis, modeled on analyze


2 See shock1.

OTHER WORDS FROM paralyze Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for paralyse


US paralyze

/ (ˈpærəˌlaɪz) /

verb (tr)

pathol to affect with paralysis
med to render (a part of the body) insensitive to pain, touch, etc, esp by injection of an anaesthetic
to make immobile; transfix

Derived forms of paralyse

paralysation or US paralyzation, nounparalyser or US paralyzer, noun

Word Origin for paralyse

C19: from French paralyser, from paralysie paralysis
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Medicine definitions for paralyse

[ părə-līz′ ]


To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.
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