paralyze

[par-uh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing.
  1. to affect with paralysis.
  2. to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike paralyzed communications.
Also especially British, par·a·lyse.

Origin of paralyze

1795–1805; back formation from paralysis, modeled on analyze
Related formspar·a·ly·zant, adjective, nounpar·a·ly·za·tion, nounpar·a·lyz·er, nounpar·a·lyz·ing·ly, adverbsem·i·par·a·lyzed, adjectiveun·par·a·lyzed, adjective

Synonyms for paralyze

2. See shock1.
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Word Origin and History for paralyzant

paralyze

v.

1804, from French paralyser (16c.), from Old French paralisie "paralysis," from Latin paralysis (see paralysis). Figurative use from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

paralyzant in Medicine

paralyzant

[părə-lī′zənt, pə-rălĭ-zənt]
adj.
  1. Causing paralysis.
n.
  1. An agent, such as curare, that causes paralysis.

paralyze

[părə-līz′]
v.
  1. To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.
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