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[puh-ral-uh-sis] /pəˈræl ə sɪs/

noun, plural paralyses
[puh-ral-uh-seez] /pəˈræl əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)

a state of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act:
The strike caused a paralysis of all shipping.
noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)

cessation or impairment of activity: paralysis of industry by strikes

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).

Figurative use from 1813. Earlier form was paralysie (late 14c., see palsy). Old English equivalent was lyft adl (see left (adj.)) or crypelnes “crippleness.”

paralysis pa·ral·y·sis (pə-rāl’ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. pa·ral·y·ses (-sēz’)

Loss or impairment of voluntary movement or sensation in a part of the body, usually as a result of neurologic injury or disease.
paralysis [(puh-ral-uh-sis)]

The loss of voluntary movement in a body part. Paralysis results from damage to the nerves that supply the affected part of the body.


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