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general paralysis

noun, Pathology
1.
a syphilitic brain disorder characterized by chronic inflammation and degeneration of cerebral tissue resulting in mental and physical deterioration.
Also called general paresis.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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Examples for general paralysis
  • Symptoms include paralysis of the arms and legs, followed by a general paralysis which can be fatal if not reversed.

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