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palsy1

[pawl-zee] /ˈpɔl zi/
noun, plural palsies.
1.
any of a variety of atonal muscular conditions characterized by tremors of the body parts, as the hands, arms, or legs, or of the entire body.
2.
paralysis (def 1b).
verb (used with object), palsied, palsying.
3.
to paralyze.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English, variant of parlesie < Middle French paralisie < Latin paralysis paralysis
Related forms
palsylike, adjective

palsy2

[pal-zee] /ˈpæl zi/
adjective, Slang.
Origin
1925-30; pal + -sy
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Examples from the web for palsy
  • But she uses a wheelchair because she has cerebral palsy.
  • It can also have applications in human health and medicine, particularly in the area of prosthetics and 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.
  • Sometimes patients suffer eye inflammation, cheek swelling, and facial nerve palsy.
  • Nausea shook me, and a wheel in my head kept turning, while my left shoulder and arm seemed to be stricken with the 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 palsy

palsy

/ˈpɔːlzɪ/
noun (pl) -sies
1.
paralysis, esp of a specified type: cerebral palsy
verb (transitive) -sies, -sying, -sied
2.
to paralyse
Derived Forms
palsied, adjective
Word Origin
C13 palesi, from Old French paralisie, from Latin paralysis
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Word Origin and History for palsy
n.

"disease causing paralysis," c.1300, palesie, from Anglo-French parlesie, Old French paralisie, from Vulgar Latin *paralysia, from Latin paralysis (see paralysis).

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palsy in Medicine

palsy pal·sy (pôl'zē)
n.
Complete or partial muscle paralysis, often accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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palsy in the Bible

a shorter form of "paralysis." Many persons thus afflicted were cured by our Lord (Matt. 4:24; 8:5-13; 9:2-7; Mark 2:3-11; Luke 7:2-10; John 5:5-7) and the apostles (Acts 8:7; 9:33, 34).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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