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
  1. noun
    loss of the ability to move a body part
    synonyms: palsy
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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
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    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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