• WordNet 3.6
    • n paralysis loss of the ability to move a body part
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Paralysis (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.""Mischievous practices arising out of the paralysis of the powers of ownership."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paralysis The impairment of the normal capacity of the nervous system for bringing into action one or more active organs, muscular or glandular, or for receiving impressions along one or more sensory paths. Motor paralysis is called akinesia, sensory paralysis anæsthesia. When the peripheral organ is the seat of gross destructive disease the term paralysis is not employed, but it is used for finer changes which set these organs out of action, as in some cases of muscular paralysis. Paralysis of one lateral side of the body is hemiplegia; of the lower half, paraplegia; and of one limb or a small part of the body, monoplegia. Incomplete paralysis of any part is called paresis.
    • n paralysis Figuratively, loss of energy; loss of the power of performing regular functions; the state of being crippled, as in an emergency, or helpless amid any circumstances.
    • n paralysis Paralysis due to an encephalic lesion.
    • n paralysis Muscular pseudohypertrophy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Paralysis a loss of the power of motion, sensation, or function in any part of the body: palsy: loss of energy: state of being crippled
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  • Saying
    “He suffered from paralysis by analysis.”
  • Norman Cousins
    “The sense of paralysis proceeds not so much out of the mammoth size of the problem but out of the puniness of the purpose.”
  • Arthur Ashe
    Arthur Ashe
    “There is a syndrome in sports called paralysis by analysis.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. paralyein, paralyseinpara, beside, lyein, loosen.


In literature:

The rational moral principle, spark of the Divinity, is sunk deep in him, in quiet paralysis of life-death.
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
Then came a period of hypnotic paralysis.
"True Stories of Crime From the District Attorney's Office" by Arthur Train
More than two years ago he was stricken with paralysis, and now sits in an invalid's chair at his home in Plainfield, New Jersey.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
The most common ailments were eye problems, aching teeth, festering ears, joint swelling and sudden paralysis of the bowels.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Hence a lesion of one hemisphere produces paralysis upon the opposite side of the body.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 520, December 19, 1885" by Various
It was a moral agony; for the physical pain had subsided, and my leg was almost benumbed by paralysis.
"Monsieur Violet" by Frederick Marryat
If their assaults be upon nervous centres, or vital organs, the danger of paralysis or death becomes imminent.
"Grappling with the Monster" by T. S. Arthur
Thereafter she sat crouched for a long, long time in the paralysis of a great fear.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
Paralysis in the lower limbs was increasing, but the brain was clear, and the suffering less.
"Elizabeth's Campaign" by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
She died at an advanced age, of paralysis.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis

In poetry:

We look in vain for a substitute
To take the place of success;
A proxy saps its vital cords,
It dies of paralysis.
"Success" by Jared Barhite

In news:

That task will have to wait, however, thanks to political paralysis that stymied reforms this year.
You won't rise to the top through analysis paralysis.
She's 30 now, the age when the body usually responds but the nerves can sometimes induce paralysis.
10-year-old battles paralysis from West Nile Virus.
On edge of brutal 'fiscal cliff,' some see an opportunity to end debt paralysis.
Montoro Outburst Highlights Rajoy Paralysis as Cabinet Splits.
After months of paralysis, the El Paso Independent School District finally can move forward.
Last Night on 'Glee': Can the ReWalk Cure Paralysis .
Surfers prove paralysis won't keep them from the waves.
Description The video shows a boy who has facial paralysis on one side of his face after being bitten by a tick.
Jockey to Have Surgery, Paralysis Feared.
No More ' Paralysis by Analysis.
Paralysis of the Heart.
Paralysis could not douse Mike Ward's competitive fire.
INTERVIEWS Q&A: Neon Indian Conquers 'Creative Paralysis '.

In science:

Samuel, M. A., Wang, H., Siddharthan, V., Morrey, J. D. & Diamond, M. S. 2007 Axonal transport mediates west nile virus entry into the central nervous system and induces acute flaccid paralysis.
Complexity and anisotropy in host morphology make populations safer against epidemic outbreaks
Mechanical and temperature stressor-induced seizure-and-paralysis behaviors in drosophila bang-sensitive mutants.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
There are 12 causes for the loss of facial expressions namely: Asperger syndrome, Autistic disorder, Bell's palsy, Depression, Depressive disorders, Facial paralysis, Facial weakness, Hepatolenticular degeneration, Major depressive disorder, Parkinson's disease, Scleroderma, and Wilson’s disease .
Face Expression Recognition and Analysis: The State of the Art