Palsy Pal"sy, n.; pl. {Palsies}. [OE. palesie, parlesy, OF. paralesie, F. paralysie, L. paralysis. See {Paralysis}.] (Med.) Paralysis, complete or partial. See {Paralysis}. ``One sick of the palsy.'' --Mark ii. 3. [1913 Webster]

{Bell's palsy}, paralysis of the facial nerve, producing distortion of one side of the face; -- so called from Sir Charles Bell, an English surgeon who described it.

{Scrivener's palsy}. See {Writer's cramp}, under {Writer}.

{Shaking palsy}, (Med.) paralysis agitans, a disease usually occurring in old people, characterized by muscular tremors and a peculiar shaking and tottering gait; now called {parkinsonism}, or {Parkinson's disease}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Palsy — Pal sy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Palsied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Palsying}.] To affect with palsy, or as with palsy; to deprive of action or energy; to paralyze. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • palsy — ► NOUN (pl. palsies) dated ▪ paralysis, especially when accompanied by involuntary tremors. ► VERB (be palsied) ▪ be affected with palsy. ORIGIN Old French paralisie, from Latin paralysis …   English terms dictionary

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  • palsy — (n.) disease causing paralysis, late 13c., palesie, from Anglo Fr. parlesie, O.Fr. paralisie, from L. paralysis (see PARALYSIS (Cf. paralysis)) …   Etymology dictionary

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