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paresis

[puh-ree-sis, par-uh-sis] /pəˈri sɪs, ˈpær ə sɪs/
noun, Pathology
1.
partial motor paralysis.
2.
a late manifestation of syphilis, characterized by progressive dementia and paralysis.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; < Neo-Latin < Greek páresis paralysis, a letting go, equivalent to pare- (variant stem of pariénai to let go) + -sis -sis
Related forms
paretic
[puh-ret-ik, -ree-tik] /pəˈrɛt ɪk, -ˈri tɪk/ (Show IPA),
noun, adjective
paretically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for paresis

paresis

/pəˈriːsɪs; ˈpærɪsɪs/
noun (pathol) (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1.
incomplete or slight paralysis of motor functions
2.
short for general paresis See general paralysis of the insane
Derived Forms
paretic (pəˈrɛtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: via New Latin from Greek: a relaxation, from parienai to let go, from para-1 + hienai to release
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Word Origin and History for paresis
n.

"partial paralysis," 1690s, Modern Latin, from Greek paresis "letting go, slackening of strength, paralysis," from stem of parienai "to let go," from para- (see para- (1)) + hienai "to send, throw" (see jet (v.)).

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paresis in Medicine

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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Encyclopedia Article for paresis

general paralysis of the insane

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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