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[par-uh-lahyz] /ˈpær əˌlaɪz/

verb (used with object), paralyzed, paralyzing.
to affect with .
to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act:
The strike paralyzed communications.
verb (transitive)
(pathol) to affect with paralysis
(med) to render (a part of the body) insensitive to pain, touch, etc, esp by injection of an anaesthetic
to make immobile; transfix

alternative (chiefly British) spelling of paralyze. For ending, see -ize. Related: Paralysed; paralysing.

1804, from French paralyser (16c.), from Old French paralisie “paralysis,” from Latin paralysis (see paralysis). Figurative use from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing.

paralyze par·a·lyze (pār’ə-līz’)
v. par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing, par·a·lyz·es
To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.


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