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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 of paresis
1685-1695
1685-95; < New 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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Examples from the Web for paretic
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  • The sleeplessness of melancholia and of paretic dementia may be thus relieved.

  • The paretic has defects of memory, but he is, as a rule, quite unconscious of them.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • There seemed to be a great dryness of her throat and the muscles of her throat were paretic.

    The Social Gangster Arthur B. Reeve
  • In this case the paretic segment forms the outer or receiving layer of the intussusception.

  • The old, the feeble, the paralytic, and paretic need special care.

    How to Care for the Insane William D. Granger
  • Occasionally alcoholic insanity takes on a paretic form, or it may be epileptic.

  • There may also be ataxic symptoms, paretic weakness of bowel and bladder, trembling and spasms.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • She nursed an old father in it, a bedridden mother, a paretic brother, when she should have been having children.

    The Confession Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Any one previously unnamed of the whole layout of M. Dumas, excepting only a paretic volume entitled "The Conspirators."

    The Delicious Vice Young E. Allison
  • To insist upon keeping a paretic all his lifetime in such an institution is highly irrational, to say the least.

British Dictionary definitions for paretic

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 paretic

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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paretic 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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