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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, “loosen”).

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