[ puh-ree-sis, par-uh-sis ]
/ pəˈri sɪs, ˈpær ə sɪs /
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noun Pathology.

partial motor paralysis.
a late manifestation of syphilis, characterized by progressive dementia and paralysis.



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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


pa·ret·ic [puh-ret-ik, -ree-tik], /pəˈrɛt ɪk, -ˈri tɪk/, noun, adjectivepa·ret·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for paresis

/ (pəˈriːsɪs, ˈpærɪsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz) pathol

incomplete or slight paralysis of motor functions
short for general paresisSee general paralysis of the insane

Derived forms of paresis

paretic (pəˈrɛtɪk), adjective

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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Medical definitions for paresis

[ pə-rēsĭs, părĭ-sĭs ]

n. pl. pa•re•ses (-sēz)

Slight or partial paralysis.
General paresis.

Other words from paresis

pa•retic (pə-rĕtĭk) adj. n.
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