|—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 |
paralysis pa·ral·y·sis (pə-rāl'ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. pa·ral·y·ses (-sēz')
Loss of power of voluntary movement in a muscle through injury or through disease of its nerve supply.
Loss of sensation over a region of the body.
|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.