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Pronunciation: pa-ral'i-sis, -sez


  1. Loss of power of voluntary movement in a muscle through injury or disease of it or its nerve supply.
  2. Loss of any function, as sensation, secretion, or mental ability.

[G. fr. para- + lysis, a loosening]

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