Definition of paralysis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈræləsɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈræləsɪs//
    (pl. paralyses
    BrE BrE//pəˈræləsiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈræləsiːz//
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  1. 1 [uncountable, countable] a loss of control of, and sometimes feeling in, part or most of the body, caused by disease or an injury to the nerves paralysis of both legs See related entries: Injuries
  2. 2[uncountable] a total inability to move, act, function, etc. The strike caused total paralysis in the city.
  3. Word Originlate Old English, via Latin from Greek paralusis, from paraluesthai ‘be disabled at the side’, from para ‘beside’ + luein ‘loosen’.Extra examples Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death. Strike leaders claimed ‘almost complete paralysis’ in the ports and mines. The country was on the verge of complete paralysis due to the strike. The crisis over the constitution may lead to political paralysis. The snake’s venom induces instant paralysis. stroke patients who have suffered partial paralysis
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