A woman who uses a wheelchair.
- When you are given shocking news about the death of your husband and you are unable to move or react, this is an example of paralysis.
- When you sever your spinal cord and you can no longer move your legs or feel things below your waist, this is an example of paralysis.
- partial or complete loss, or temporary interruption, of a function, esp. of voluntary motion or of sensation in some part or all of the body
- any condition of helpless inactivity or of inability to act
Origin of paralysisClassical Latin from Classical Greek paralysis from paralyein, to loosen, dissolve, or weaken at the side: see para- and lysis
- a. Loss or impairment of the ability to move a body part, usually as a result of damage to its nerve supply.b. Loss of sensation over a region of the body.
- Inability to move or function; total stoppage or severe impairment of activity: fear that led to national paralysis.
Origin of paralysisLatin from Greek paralusis from paralūein to disable, loosen para- on one side ; see para- 1. lūein to release ; see leu- in Indo-European roots.
- (pathology) The complete loss of voluntary control of part of person's body, such as one or more limbs.
From Latin paralysis, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î±ÏÎ¬Î»Ï…ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (paralusis, “palsy"), from Ï€Î±ÏÎ±Î»ÏÎµÎ¹Î½ (paraluein, “to disable on one side"), from Ï€Î±ÏÎ¬ (para, “beside") + Î»ÏÎµÎ¹Î½ (luein, “loosen").