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cerebral palsy

noun, Pathology
1.
a form of paralysis believed to be caused by a prenatal brain defect or by brain injury during birth, most marked in certain motor areas and characterized by difficulty in control of the voluntary muscles.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25
Related forms
cerebral palsied, adjective
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Examples from the web for cerebral palsy
  • Without myelin, brain cells die, leaving children vulnerable to neurological deficits such as cerebral palsy.
  • It can also have applications in human health and medicine, particularly in the area of prosthetics and cerebral palsy.
  • One was in a wheelchair and the other had cerebral palsy.
  • He is blind and developmentally disabled, and he has cerebral palsy.
  • My best friend has cerebral palsy, and she has the balance down to a science.
  • Nature lumbered him with a withered arm, a suppurating ear and possibly slight cerebral palsy.
  • Zach, who has cerebral palsy and uses a motorized wheelchair to get around, is gunning for his own show.
  • Look up his record suing and blaming ob/gyn doctors for cerebral palsy.
  • He also started giving huge sums to charity and raised money to combat cerebral palsy.
  • My feelings have nothing to do with cerebral palsy, mild or otherwise.
British Dictionary definitions for cerebral palsy

cerebral palsy

noun
1.
a nonprogressive impairment of muscular function and weakness of the limbs, caused by lack of oxygen to the brain immediately after birth, brain injury during birth, or viral infection
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cerebral palsy in Medicine

cerebral palsy n.
A disorder usually caused by brain damage occurring at or before birth and marked by muscular impairment. Often accompanied by poor coordination, it sometimes involves speech and learning difficulties.


cer'e·bral-pal'sied (sěr'ə-brəl-pôl'zēd, sə-rē'-) adj.
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cerebral palsy in Science
cerebral palsy  
A motor disorder often caused by brain injury occurring at or before birth, characterized by muscular impairment and symptoms such as poor coordination, spasm, abnormal stiffness, speech difficulties, and sometimes paralysis. Some children with cerebral palsy have accompanying neurologic conditions such as epilepsy, learning disorders, and mental retardation.
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cerebral palsy in Culture
cerebral palsy [(pawl-zee)]

A disorder marked by lack of muscle coordination and sometimes accompanied by speech defects. It is caused by brain damage present at birth or experienced during birth or infancy.

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