Paralysis meaning

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Any condition of helpless inactivity or of inability to act.
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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.

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Inability to move or function; total stoppage or severe impairment of activity.

Fear that led to national paralysis.

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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.
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Loss or impairment of the ability to move a body part, usually as a result of damage to its nerve supply.
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Loss of sensation over a region of the body.
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Loss or impairment of voluntary movement or sensation in a part of the body, usually as a result of neurologic injury or disease.
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(pathology) The complete loss of voluntary control of part of person's body, such as one or more limbs.
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Origin of paralysis

  • Latin from Greek paralusis from paralūein to disable, loosen para- on one side para–1 lūein to release leu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin paralysis, from Ancient Greek παράλυσις (paralusis, “palsy"), from παραλύειν (paraluein, “to disable on one side"), from παρά (para, “beside") + λύειν (luein, “loosen").

    From Wiktionary