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.
Origin of paralysis
Examples from the Web for paralysis
Obama has long argued that Republican obstructionism is to blame for the current paralysis in government.
Yet not everyone is caught up this vortex of paralysis and resentment.
It is the perplexity of this situation that has caused most of the paralysis in Congress.
Scientists have long known that polio is not the only virus that can cause "polio-like" paralysis.
Our paralysis amidst this paradox is not helped by the way it has taken hold inside the ivory tower itself.
"I wish I'd been took with paralysis first," Scraggs wailed bitterly.Captain Scraggs|Peter B. Kyne
Munk and Sippell found that it gave rise in animals to paralysis of the limbs, and occasionally asphyxic convulsions before death.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection|Alexander Wynter Blyth
We should be immediately decided on the paralysis, and we should see what credit we could accord this woman's words.Conscience, Complete|Hector Malot
Absence of peristaltic sounds is always an indication of disease, and suggests exhaustion or paralysis of the intestines.
Pressure upon, or the severing of, a nerve causes a paralysis of the parts to which such a nerve is distributed.
British Dictionary definitions for paralysis
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
Word Origin and History 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).
Medicine definitions for paralysis
n. pl. pa•ral•y•ses (-sēz′)
Science definitions for paralysis
Culture definitions for paralysis
The loss of voluntary movement in a body part. Paralysis results from damage to the nerves that supply the affected part of the body.