- 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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Examples from the Web for paresis
Savages have paresis, apoplexy, and imbecility, seldom or never insanity.Religion and Lust
My diagnosis was paresis of the muscularis of the intestine.The Electric Bath
George M. Schweig
They may also die of spinal consumption or paresis between the ages of 10 and 20.Sex
If so, he promptly decided to have an acute attack of paresis.The Opened Shutters
Clara Louise Burnham
It is worthy of note that the appearance of paresis preceded the convulsions.The Toxicity of Caffein
- incomplete or slight paralysis of motor functions
- short for general paresisSee general paralysis of the insane
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 paresis
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Slight or partial paralysis.
- General paresis.
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