paresis

paresis

[puh-ree-sis, par-uh-sis]
noun Pathology.
1.
partial motor paralysis.
2.
a late manifestation of syphilis, characterized by progressive dementia and paralysis.

Origin:
1685–95; < Neo-Latin < Greek páresis paralysis, a letting go, equivalent to pare- (variant stem of pariénai to let go) + -sis -sis

paretic [puh-ret-ik, -ree-tik] , noun, adjective
paretically, adverb
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paresis (pəˈriːsɪs, ˈpærɪsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
1.  incomplete or slight paralysis of motor functions
2.  See general paralysis of the insane short for general paresis
 
[C17: via New Latin from Greek: a relaxation, from parienai to let go, from para-1 + hienai to release]
 
paretic
 
adj

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paresis pa·re·sis (pə-rē'sĭs, pār'ĭ-sĭs)
n. pa·re·ses (-sēz)

  1. Slight or partial paralysis.

  2. General paresis.


pa·ret'ic (pə-rět'ĭk) adj. & n.
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paresis

psychosis caused by widespread destruction of brain tissue occurring in some cases of late syphilis. Mental changes include gradual deterioration of personality, impaired concentration and judgment, delusions, loss of memory, disorientation, and apathy or violent rages. Convulsions are not uncommon, and while temporary remissions sometimes occur, untreated paresis is eventually fatal.

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