paralysis[pə ral′ə sis]
- Paralysis is a state of being unable to act or react, or the loss of motion or feeling in certain parts of your body.
- 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 amp; 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, â€œpalsyâ€), from Ï€Î±ÏÎ±Î»ÏÎµÎ¹Î½ (paraluein, â€œto disable on one sideâ€), from Ï€Î±ÏÎ¬ (para, â€œbesideâ€) + Î»ÏÎµÎ¹Î½ (luein, â€œloosenâ€).