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[puh-ree-sis, par-uh-sis]
noun Pathology.
  1. partial motor paralysis.
  2. 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
Related formspa·ret·ic [puh-ret-ik, -ree-tik] /pəˈrɛt ɪk, -ˈri tɪk/, noun, adjectivepa·ret·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for paretic

Historical Examples

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


    James J. Walsh

  • There seemed to be a great dryness of her throat and the muscles of her throat were paretic.

    The Social Gangster

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • In this case the paretic segment forms the outer or receiving layer of the intussusception.

  • The old, the feeble, the paralytic, and paretic need special care.

    How to Care for the Insane

    William D. Granger

  • Occasionally alcoholic insanity takes on a paretic form, or it may be epileptic.

British Dictionary definitions for paretic


noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz) pathol
  1. incomplete or slight paralysis of motor functions
  2. short for general paresisSee general paralysis of the insane
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Derived Formsparetic (pəˈrɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

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 paretic



"partial paralysis," 1690s, Modern Latin, from Greek paresis "letting go, slackening of strength, paralysis," from stem of parienai "to let go," from para- (see para- (1)) + hienai "to send, throw" (see jet (v.)).

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paretic in Medicine


(pə-rēsĭs, părĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. pa•re•ses (-sēz)
  1. Slight or partial paralysis.
  2. General paresis.
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Related formspa•retic (pə-rĕtĭk) adj. n.
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