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Meaning of paralysis

pa•ral•y•sis

Pronunciation: (pu-ral'u-sis), [key]
— pl. -ses
    1. a loss or impairment of voluntary movement in a body part, caused by injury or disease of the nerves, brain, or spinal cord.
    2. a disease characterized by this, esp. palsy.
  1. a state of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike caused a paralysis of all shipping.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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