Paralysis Pa*ral"y*sis, n. [L., fr. Gr. para`lysis, fr. paraly`ein to loosen, dissolve, or disable at the side; para` beside + ly`ein to loosen. See {Para-}, and {Loose}, and cf. {Palsy}.] (Med.) Abolition of function, whether complete or partial; esp., the loss of the power of voluntary motion, with or without that of sensation, in any part of the body; palsy. See {Hemiplegia}, and {Paraplegia}. Also used figuratively; as, paralysis of the will. ``Utter paralysis of memory.'' --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

Mischievous practices arising out of the paralysis of the powers of ownership. --Duke of Argyll (1887). [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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