noun, plural pa·ral·y·ses [puh-ral-uh-seez] /pəˈræl əˌsiz/.
- a loss or impairment of voluntary movement in a body part, caused by injury or disease of the nerves, brain, or spinal cord.
- a disease characterized by this, especially palsy.
Words nearby paralysis
Origin of paralysis
OTHER WORDS FROM paralysisnon·pa·ral·y·sis, noun, plural non·pa·ral·y·ses.sem·i·pa·ral·y·sis, noun, plural sem·i·pa·ral·y·ses.
Definition for paralyses (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing.
Origin of paralyze
SYNONYMS FOR paralyze
OTHER WORDS FROM paralyze
Examples from the Web for paralyses
Muscarine at first excites the respiratory centre, and then paralyses it.
We can only get up provisions from day to day—which paralyses our operations.Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee|(His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
Curarine in a subcutaneous dose of one-third of a grain is antagonistic so far that it paralyses the voluntary muscles.
In every city and in every village there is a class of women, the thought of whom paralyses the mind.Windy McPherson's Son|Sherwood Anderson
The only explanation of this is that curare does not act centrally, but paralyses the intramuscular ends of the motor nerves.
British Dictionary definitions for paralyses
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
- impairment or loss of voluntary muscle function or of sensation (sensory paralysis) in a part or area of the body, usually caused by a lesion or disorder of the muscles or the nerves supplying them
- a disease characterized by such impairment or loss; palsy
Word Origin for paralysis
Medicine definitions for paralyses (1 of 2)
n. pl. pa•ral•y•ses (-sēz′)
Medicine definitions for paralyses (2 of 2)
Science definitions for paralyses
Culture definitions for paralyses
The loss of voluntary movement in a body part. Paralysis results from damage to the nerves that supply the affected part of the body.