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noun Pathology.
  1. the inability to move a part of the body owing to factors, as pain, other than those causing actual paralysis.
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Origin of pseudoparalysis

First recorded in 1885–90; pseudo- + paralysis
Related formspseu·do·par·a·lyt·ic [soo-duh-par-uh-lit-ik] /ˌsu dəˌpær əˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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pseudoparalysis in Medicine


  1. A voluntary restriction or inhibition of motion because of pain, incoordination, or other cause, not due to actual muscular paralysis.pseudoparesis
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