paralyze

[ par-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˈpær əˌlaɪz /
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verb (used with object), par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing.

to affect with paralysis.
to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike paralyzed communications.

Nearby words

  1. paralytic,
  2. paralytic abasia,
  3. paralytic dementia,
  4. paralytic ileus,
  5. paralyzant,
  6. paramagnet,
  7. paramagnetic,
  8. paramagnetism,
  9. paramaribo,
  10. paramastitis

Also especially British, par·a·lyse.

Origin of paralyze

1795–1805; back formation from paralysis, modeled on analyze

SYNONYMS FOR paralyze
2. See shock1.

Related forms
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Word Origin and History for paralyzation

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

Medicine definitions for paralyzation

paralyze

[ părə-līz′ ]

v.

To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.

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