- partial motor paralysis.
- a late manifestation of syphilis, characterized by progressive dementia and paralysis.
Origin of paresis
1685–95; < New Latin < Greek páresis paralysis, a letting go, equivalent to pare- (variant stem of pariénai to let go) + -sis -sis
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Consequently, a unilateral accommodation paresis is almost invariably associated with pareses of some of the oculo-motor muscles.
- incomplete or slight paralysis of motor functions
- short for general paresisSee general paralysis of the insane
Word Origin for paresis
C17: via New Latin from Greek: a relaxation, from parienai to let go, from para- 1 + hienai to release
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Word Origin and History for pareses
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- Slight or partial paralysis.
- General paresis.
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