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paralyze

[ par-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˈpær əˌlaɪz /
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Definition of paralyze

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.
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Also especially British, par·a·lyse .

Origin of paralyze

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

synonym study for paralyze

2. See shock1.

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Medical definitions for paralyze

paralyze
[ părə-līz′ ]

v.
To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.
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