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paralytic

[par-uh-lit-ik] /ˌpær əˈlɪt ɪk/
noun
1.
a person affected with paralysis.
adjective
2.
affected with or subject to paralysis.
3.
pertaining to or of the nature of paralysis.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English paralitik < Latin paralyticus < Greek paralytikós, equivalent to paraly- (see paralysis) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
paralytically, adverb
nonparalytic, adjective, noun
postparalytic, adjective
semiparalytic, noun, adjective
subparalytic, adjective
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Examples from the web for paralytic
  • These strange paralytic conditions have been described for nearly a century.
  • paralytic ileus is a problem with the nerves to the intestines.
  • Each of us, upon going too close to the edge, felt sick and paralytic.
British Dictionary definitions for paralytic

paralytic

/ˌpærəˈlɪtɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or of the nature of paralysis
2.
afflicted with or subject to paralysis
3.
(Brit, informal) very drunk
noun
4.
a person afflicted with paralysis
Derived Forms
paralytically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for paralytic

c.1300 (adj.), late 14c. (n.), from Old French paralitique "paralyzed, unmoving," from Latin paralyticus, from Greek paralytikos, from paralysis (see paralysis).

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paralytic in Medicine

paralytic par·a·lyt·ic (par'ə-lĭt'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to paralysis.

  2. Affected with paralysis.

n.
A person affected with paralysis.
par'a·lyt'i·cal·ly adv.
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