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paralyze

[par-uh-lahyz] /ˈpær əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), paralyzed, paralyzing.
1.
to affect with paralysis.
2.
to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act:
The strike paralyzed communications.
Also, especially British, paralyse.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; back formation from paralysis, modeled on analyze
Related forms
paralyzant, adjective, noun
paralyzation, noun
paralyzer, noun
paralyzingly, adverb
semiparalyzed, adjective
unparalyzed, adjective
Synonyms
2. See shock1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for paralyse

paralyse

/ˈpærəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
(pathol) to affect with paralysis
2.
(med) to render (a part of the body) insensitive to pain, touch, etc, esp by injection of an anaesthetic
3.
to make immobile; transfix
Derived Forms
paralysation, (US) paralyzation, noun
paralyser, (US) paralyzer, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French paralyser, from paralysieparalysis
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Word Origin and History for paralyse
v.

alternative (chiefly British) spelling of paralyze. For ending, see -ize. Related: Paralysed; paralysing.

paralyze

v.

1804, from French paralyser (16c.), from Old French paralisie "paralysis," from Latin paralysis (see paralysis). Figurative use from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing.

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paralyse in Medicine

paralyze par·a·lyze (pār'ə-līz')
v. par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing, par·a·lyz·es
To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.

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