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

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 Unabridged
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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]

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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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