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[par-uh-lahyz] /ˈpær əˌlaɪz/
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.
Origin of paralyze
1795-1805; back formation from paralysis, modeled on analyze
Related forms
paralyzant, adjective, noun
paralyzation, noun
paralyzer, noun
paralyzingly, adverb
semiparalyzed, adjective
unparalyzed, adjective
2. See shock1 . Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for paralyzed
  • During the several weeks it took to run the tigress down, an abscess paralyzed his head and neck.
  • She tried to drive off the creature, but was as though paralyzed.
  • There are so many new products in every category that you're paralyzed trying to buy any one thing.
  • Technology doesn't yet exist to reattach the spinal cord, which means the patient is left paralyzed from the neck down.
  • Employers are paralyzed by fear that the economy could double dip and that demand is too low to justify new investments.
  • Agriculture is also nearly paralyzed by arguments over land ownership.
  • The demonstrations brought out hundreds of police officers and paralyzed traffic in the city for hours.
  • But for weeks he had been paralyzed from the shoulders back.
  • paralyzed doctor now performing surgery from wheelchair.
  • He had been paralyzed for nine years following a horse accident.
Word Origin and History for paralyzed



1804, from French paralyser (16c.), from Old French paralisie "paralysis," from Latin paralysis (see paralysis). Figurative use from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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paralyzed in Medicine

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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for paralyzed



Very drunk (1888+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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