|—n , pl -ses|
|a. impairment or loss of voluntary muscle function or of sensation (sensory paralysis) in a part or area of the body, usually caused by a lesion or disorder of the muscles or the nerves supplying them|
|b. a disease characterized by such impairment or loss; palsy|
|2.||cessation or impairment of activity: paralysis of industry by strikes|
|[C16: via Latin from Greek paralusis; see |
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.
|paralysis (pə-rāl'ĭ-sĭs) Pronunciation Key
Loss or impairment of voluntary movement or sensation in a part of the body, usually as a result of neurologic injury or disease.
The loss of voluntary movement in a body part. Paralysis results from damage to the nerves that supply the affected part of the body.