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  1. a person affected with paralysis.
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  1. affected with or subject to paralysis.
  2. pertaining to or of the nature of paralysis.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for paralytic


  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of paralysis
  2. afflicted with or subject to paralysis
  3. British informal very drunk
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  1. a person afflicted with paralysis
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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


  1. Of or relating to paralysis.
  2. Affected with paralysis.
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  1. A person affected with paralysis.
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