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1The loss of the ability to move (and sometimes to feel anything) in part or most of the body, typically as a result of illness, poison, or injury.
immobility, powerlessness, lack of sensation, numbness, deadness, incapacity, debilitationView synonyms
- ‘Traditional stroke symptoms were defined as loss of balance and paralysis of at least one part of the body.’
- ‘Specialist equipment such as splints, callipers and braces can help with paralysis and contractures.’
- ‘The paralysis or palsy may affect mainly the legs, or all four limbs, or just one side of the body.’
- ‘If the cancer has spread to the brain, it can cause seizures, paralysis, personality changes and speech difficulty.’
- ‘The effect of facial paralysis with loss of muscle and skin tone in the elderly patient leads to laxity or ectropion of the lower lid.’
- 1.1Inability to act or function in a person, organization, or place.‘the paralysis gripping the country’
shutdown, immobilization, stoppage, halt, standstill, stoppingView synonyms
- ‘I can only suggest that the paralysis that has gripped this country in recent years is causing us huge angst.’
- ‘It is owing to these oil workers that the paralysis of the oil industry is not complete.’
- ‘Finally he yanked himself out of the paralysis that gripped him and pulled the blinds tightly shut.’
- ‘Downing Street, if not quite yet gripped by paralysis, is at least on edge waiting for malevolent treachery to strike again.’
- ‘It is the media-programmed subconscious mind that poisons people into apathetic paralysis.’
Late Old English, via Latin from Greek paralusis, from paraluesthai be disabled at the side from para beside + luein loosen.
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