- 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.
- a state of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike caused a paralysis of all shipping.
Origin of paralysis
Related Words for paralysislaziness, apathy, passivity, paralysis, inactivity, torpor, torpidity, lethargy, sloth, idleness, listlessness, stillness, stupor, lassitude, languor, indolence, immobilization, dullness, unresponsiveness, drowsiness
Examples from the Web for paralysis
Contemporary Examples of paralysis
Obama has long argued that Republican obstructionism is to blame for the current paralysis in government.Obama Outlines His Post-Presidency
August 9, 2014
Yet not everyone is caught up this vortex of paralysis and resentment.Stock Market America and the Rest of Us
July 10, 2014
It is the perplexity of this situation that has caused most of the paralysis in Congress.Democracy Demands a Journalist-Source Shield Law
Geoffrey R. Stone
April 15, 2014
Scientists have long known that polio is not the only virus that can cause "polio-like" paralysis.Relax, There’s No Polio Epidemic—Yet
February 25, 2014
Our paralysis amidst this paradox is not helped by the way it has taken hold inside the ivory tower itself.Can Higher Education Really Save Our Humanity?
February 1, 2014
Historical Examples of paralysis
One morning, as he was going downstairs, Orlando was stricken with paralysis.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
He was not wordy, and he tarried but a moment, yet he explained his paralysis.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Just as the bonds of paralysis had broken, he had lost consciousness.
One day, when they were at church, he died of a second attack of paralysis.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
Captain Cy dropped her hand as if his own had been struck with paralysis.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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
- cessation or impairment of activityparalysis of industry by strikes
Word Origin for paralysis
1520s, from Latin paralysis, from Greek paralysis "paralysis, palsy," literally "loosening," from paralyein "disable, enfeeble," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + lyein "loosen, untie" (see lose).
- Loss of power of voluntary movement in a muscle through injury or through disease of its nerve supply.
- Loss of sensation over a region of the body.
- Loss or impairment of voluntary movement or sensation in a part of the body, usually as a result of neurologic injury or disease.
The loss of voluntary movement in a body part. Paralysis results from damage to the nerves that supply the affected part of the body.