Definition of Paralysis

1. Noun. Loss of the ability to move a body part.

Definition of Paralysis

1. n. Abolition of function, whether complete or partial; esp., the loss of the power of voluntary motion, with or without that of sensation, in any part of the body; palsy. See Hemiplegia, and Paraplegia. Also used figuratively.

Definition of Paralysis

1. Noun. (pathology) The complete loss of voluntary control of part of person's body, such as one or more limbs. ¹

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Definition of Paralysis

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Medical Definition of Paralysis

1. 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). In addition to the types named below, paralysis is further distinguished as traumatic, syphilitic, toxic, etc., according to its cause or as obturator, ulnar, etc., according to the nerve part or muscle specially affected. Origin: Gr. Lyein = to loosen This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Paralysis

paraluteal cell
paralutein cell
paralysis (current term)
paralysis agitans
paralytic abasia
paralytic dementia
paralytic ectropion
paralytic ileus
paralytic mydriasis
paralytic myoglobinuria
paralytic rabies
paralytic scoliosis
paralytic shellfish poisoning toxin carbamoylase
paralytic strabismus

Literary usage of Paralysis

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1903)
"A Case of Stab Wound of the Spinal Cord (Brown-Sequard paralysis) with a Special ... Transplantation of Tendons in the Spinal paralysis of Children. ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1890)
"A PERUSAL of some of the literature of diphtheritic paralysis leads me to think that too little attention has been paid to the effects of paralysis of the ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"or paretic dementia, in which gradually increasing motor paralysis and disorders ... paralysis may affect either the voluntary or the involuntary muscles. ..."

4. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"An essay on the shaking palsy. London, 1817, Sherwood, Neely & Jones. 66 p. 8°. Trommer (E."). Zur Pathologic ACT paralysis agitans. Deutsche Ztschr. f. ..."

5. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1912)
"A remarkable form of infantile paralysis has been described by Sachs, ... ERB'S SYPHILITIC SPINAL paralysis Erb has described a symptom group under the term ..."

6. The Lancet (1898)
"What ia said bears on the interpretation of paralysis after convulsion. I have suggested that the degree and range of paralysis after convulsion is ..."

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