- a loss or impairment of voluntary movement in a body part, caused by injury or disease of the nerves, brain, or spinal cord.
- a disease characterized by this, especially palsy.
- a state of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike caused a paralysis of all shipping.
Origin of paralysis
Examples from the Web for semi-paralysis
I was afterwards informed that this semi-paralysis from sudden fear is a known characteristic of the animal.
The first effect of a great shock is usually a semi-paralysis of the entire mental mechanism and is, as a rule, beneficent.The Sky Line of Spruce
His face was flushing and its was evident that the semi-paralysis of the first infection was passing into a fever stage.Plotting in Pirate Seas
- impairment or loss of voluntary muscle function or of sensation (sensory paralysis) in a part or area of the body, usually caused by a lesion or disorder of the muscles or the nerves supplying them
- a disease characterized by such impairment or loss; palsy
- cessation or impairment of activityparalysis of industry by strikes
Word Origin and History for semi-paralysis
1520s, from Latin paralysis, from Greek paralysis "paralysis, palsy," literally "loosening," from paralyein "disable, enfeeble," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + lyein "loosen, untie" (see lose).
- Loss of power of voluntary movement in a muscle through injury or through disease of its nerve supply.
- Loss of sensation over a region of the body.
- Loss or impairment of voluntary movement or sensation in a part of the body, usually as a result of neurologic injury or disease.
The loss of voluntary movement in a body part. Paralysis results from damage to the nerves that supply the affected part of the body.