verb (used with object), paralyzed, paralyzing.
to affect with paralysis.
to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike paralyzed communications.
Also, especially British, paralyse.

1795–1805; back formation from paralysis, modeled on analyze

paralyzant, adjective, noun
paralyzation, noun
paralyzer, noun
paralyzingly, adverb
semiparalyzed, adjective
unparalyzed, adjective

2. See shock1. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
paralyse or paralyze (ˈpærəˌlaɪz)
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
[C19: from French paralyser, from paralysieparalysis]
paralyze or paralyze
[C19: from French paralyser, from paralysieparalysis]
paraly'sation or paralyze
paraly'zation or paralyze
'paralyser or paralyze
'paralyzer or paralyze

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Word Origin & History

1804, from Fr. paralyser (16c.), from O.Fr. paralisie "paralysis," from L. paralysis (see paralysis). Related: Paralyzed.
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Medical Dictionary

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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