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[puh-ree-sis, par-uh-sis] /pəˈri sɪs, ˈpær ə sɪs/
noun, Pathology
partial motor paralysis.
a late manifestation of syphilis, characterized by progressive dementia and paralysis.
Origin of paresis
1685-95; < New Latin < Greek páresis paralysis, a letting go, equivalent to pare- (variant stem of pariénai to let go) + -sis -sis
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[puh-ret-ik, -ree-tik] /pəˈrɛt ɪk, -ˈri tɪk/ (Show IPA),
noun, adjective
paretically, adverb Unabridged
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/pəˈriːsɪs; ˈpærɪsɪs/
noun (pathol) (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
incomplete or slight paralysis of motor functions
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

"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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