[ puh-ree-sis, par-uh-sis ]

  1. partial motor paralysis.

  2. 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

Other words from paresis

  • pa·ret·ic [puh-ret-ik, -ree-tik], /pəˈrɛt ɪk, -ˈri tɪk/, noun, adjective
  • pa·ret·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use paresis in a sentence

  • The paretic has defects of memory, but he is, as a rule, quite unconscious of them.

    Psychotherapy | James J. Walsh
  • She nursed an old father in it, a bedridden mother, a paretic brother, when she should have been having children.

    The Confession | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • There may also be ataxic symptoms, paretic weakness of bowel and bladder, trembling and spasms.

    Degeneracy | Eugene S. Talbot
  • To insist upon keeping a paretic all his lifetime in such an institution is highly irrational, to say the least.

  • Any one previously unnamed of the whole layout of M. Dumas, excepting only a paretic volume entitled "The Conspirators."

    The Delicious Vice | Young E. Allison

British Dictionary definitions for paresis


/ (pəˈriːsɪs, ˈpærɪsɪs) /

nounplural -ses (-ˌsiːz) pathol
  1. incomplete or slight paralysis of motor functions

  2. short for general paresis: See general paralysis of the insane

Origin of paresis

C17: via New Latin from Greek: a relaxation, from parienai to let go, from para- 1 + hienai to release

Derived forms of paresis

  • paretic (pəˈrɛtɪk), adjective

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