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[par-uh-lit-ik] /ˌpær əˈlɪt ɪk/
a person affected with paralysis.
affected with or subject to paralysis.
pertaining to or of the nature of paralysis.
Origin of paralytic
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 Unabridged
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  • She will merely become a kind of paralytic; the kind that can move a little but not enough; always wheeled about in a chair.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • At the house of an old lady of seventy, a paralytic, the rebuff was of a different kind.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • His legs wobbled and bent like those of a paralytic, and his head fell forward through very weakness.

    The Scouts of Stonewall Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He had also learned something of the paralytic seizure which the disaster had occasioned.

  • He was seized that night with a paralytic disorder, which at once deprived him of the use of his limbs and his speech.

  • I trembled like a paralytic, and was afraid that my anger might get me into difficulty.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Then at last the overworked brain gave way, and during this year he had more than one paralytic seizure.

  • They must wait upon the paralytic father with proper punctilio.

    Personality in Literature Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
British Dictionary definitions for paralytic


of, relating to, or of the nature of paralysis
afflicted with or subject to paralysis
(Brit, informal) very drunk
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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paralytic in Medicine

paralytic par·a·lyt·ic (par'ə-lĭt'ĭk)

  1. Of or relating to paralysis.

  2. Affected with paralysis.

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