a person affected with paralysis.


affected with or subject to paralysis.
pertaining to or of the nature of paralysis.

Origin of paralytic

1300–50; Middle English paralitik < Latin paralyticus < Greek paralytikós, equivalent to paraly- (see paralysis) + -tikos -tic
Related formspar·a·lyt·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·par·a·lyt·ic, adjective, nounpost·par·a·lyt·ic, adjectivesem·i·par·a·lyt·ic, noun, adjectivesub·par·a·lyt·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of, relating to, or of the nature of paralysis
afflicted with or subject to paralysis
British informal very drunk


a person afflicted with paralysis
Derived Formsparalytically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for paralytic

c.1300 (adj.), late 14c. (n.), from Old French paralitique "paralyzed, unmoving," from Latin paralyticus, from Greek paralytikos, from paralysis (see paralysis).

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paralytic in Medicine




Of or relating to paralysis.
Affected with paralysis.


A person affected with paralysis.
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