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Noun 1. A small collection of convoluted tubules situated in front of the lower part of the spermatic cord, above the head of the epididymis. ( 2. A small body sometimes attached to the front of the lower part of the spermatic cord above the head of the epididymis; the remnants of tubules of the mesonephros. Its equivalent in the female is the paroophoron. ( Syn: organ of Giraldés,...

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Noun, plural paralyses Also called palsy loss. ( 1. A loss of muscle function for one or more muscles. Paralysis can be accompanied by a loss of feeling (sensory loss) in the affected area if there is sensory damage as well as motor. ( 2. Loss or impairment of motor function in a part due to lesion of the neural or muscular mechanism, also by analogy, impairment of sensory function (sensory paralysis). ( 3. The complete loss of voluntary control of part of person’s body, such as one or more limbs. ( 4. A condition in which you are unable to move or feel all or part of your body. ( 5. A state of being unable to function, act, or move. ( Word origin: From Latin paralysis, from Ancient Greek παράλυσις (paralusis, “palsy”), from παραλύειν (paraluein, “to disable on one side”), from παρά (para, “beside”) + λύειν (luein,...

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Noun, plural parametria 1. Fibrous tissue that separates the supravaginal portion of the cervix from the bladder. It lies in front of the cervix and extends laterally between the layers of the broad ligaments. ( 2. All the connective tissue of the pelvic floor. ( 3. The connective tissue and fat adjacent to the uterus....

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/ˌparəˈpliːdʒə/ Noun, plural paraplegias 1. Paralysis of the legs and lower part of the body. Paraplegia often involves loss of sensation (of pain, temperature, vibration, and position) as well as loss of motion. It may also include paralysis of the bladder and bowel. Paraplegia may be caused by injury to or disease of the lower spinal cord or peripheral nerves or by such brain disorders as cerebral palsy. ( 2. An impairment in motor or sensory function of the lower extremities. It is usually caused by spinal cord injury or a congenital condition such as spina bifida that affects the neural elements of the spinal canal. The area of the spinal canal that is affected in paraplegia is either the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral regions. 3. A condition where the lower half of a patient’s body is paralyzed and cannot move. ( 4. Paralysis of the lower half of the body with involvement of both legs usually due to disease of or injury to the spinal cord. ( Word origin: Latinized form of (Ionic) Greek paraplegie “paralysis of one side of the body,” from paraplessein “strike at the side,” paraplessesthai “be stricken on one side,” from para– “beside” + plessein “to...

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