paralysis

Paralysis is the inability to move part of your body. It's actually fairly common for people to have short periods of paralysis while they sleep.

Paralysis is the experience of being paralyzed, or unable to move part or all of your body. There are medical conditions that can cause paralysis. You can also use paralysis to describe the inability to act, like the paralysis of a city during a big snowstorm, or the paralysis of the school play's star, suddenly struck with stage fright.

Definitions of paralysis
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n loss of the ability to move a body part

Synonyms:
palsy
Types:
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akinesia, akinesis
motionlessness attributable to a temporary paralysis
alalia
paralysis of the vocal cords resulting in an inability to speak
cystoparalysis, cystoplegia
paralysis of the urinary bladder
diplegia
paralysis of corresponding parts on both sides of the body
Erb's palsy, Erb-Duchenne paralysis
paralysis of the arm resulting from injury to the brachial plexus (usually during childbirth)
monoplegia
paralysis of a single limb
ophthalmoplegia
paralysis of the motor nerves of the eye
paresis
a slight or partial paralysis
paraplegia
paralysis of the lower half of the body (most often as a result of trauma)
hemiplegia, unilateral paralysis
paralysis of one side of the body
quadriplegia
paralysis of both arms and both legs
paraparesis
a slight paralysis or weakness of both legs
Type of:
disfunction, dysfunction
(medicine) any disturbance in the functioning of an organ or body part or a disturbance in the functioning of a social group

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