paralysis definition

  • noun:
    • Loss or impairment of the power to move a body part, usually as a result of harm to its neurological supply.
    • Loss of feeling over a spot regarding the human body.
    • Inability to go or operate; total stoppage or severe impairment of task: fear that led to nationwide paralysis.
    • The complete lack of voluntary control of part of person's human body, such a number of limbs.
    • Abolition of purpose, whether full or limited; esp., losing the effectiveness of voluntary movement, with or without that of sensation, in almost any part of the human anatomy; palsy. See hemiplegia, and paraplegia. Also used figuratively.
    • The disability associated with the typical capacity of nervous system for bringing into action several active organs, muscular or glandular, and for getting impressions along several sensory routes.
    • Figuratively, lack of power; lack of the effectiveness of doing regular functions; hawaii of being crippled, as with an emergency, or helpless amid any circumstances.
    • Paralysis because of an encephalic lesion.
    • Muscular pseudohypertrophy.
    • loss of the ability to move a body component

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