From Anglo-Norman paralisie, parleisie et al., from the accusative form of Latin paralysis, from Ancient Greek παράλυσις (paralusis, “palsy”), from παραλύειν (paraluein, “to disable on one side”), from παρά (para, “beside”) + λύειν (luein, “loosen”).
palsy (plural palsies)
- (pathology) Complete or partial muscle paralysis of a body part, often accompanied by a loss of feeling and uncontrolled body movements such as shaking.
- To paralyse, either completely or partially.
- palsy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- palsy in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- palsy at OneLook Dictionary Search
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