What are paralysis?

  • (noun): Loss of the ability to move a body part.
    Synonyms: palsy


Paralysis is loss of muscle function for one or more muscles. Paralysis can be accompanied by a loss of feeling (sensory loss) in the affected area if there is sensory damage as well as motor. A study conducted by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, suggests that about 1 in 50 people have been diagnosed with paralysis. The word comes from the Greek παράλυσις, "disabling of the nerves", itself from παρά (para), "beside, by" + λύσις (lusis), "losing" and that from λύω (luō), "to lose".

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Some articles on paralysis:

Sphincter Paralysis
... Sphincter paralysis is paralysis of one of the body's many sphincters, preventing it from constricting normally ... remain continent for many years despite being affected by anal sphincter paralysis ...
Chlorotoxin - Toxicity
... Duration of paralysis depends on the amount of chlorotoxin injected ... injection which progressed to a rigid paralysis of the walking and pincer legs that was complete within an additional ±40 seconds ... µg/g, chlorotoxin induced the same progressive paralysis with a slower onset ...
List Of Poliomyelitis Survivors
... less than 1% result in acute flaccid paralysis ... The extent of paralysis varies from part of a limb to quadriplegia and respiratory failure ... Symptoms include muscle pain, further weakening of muscles and paralysis ...
Paralysis in The Animal World - In Vertebrates
... A non-lethal dose of this toxin results in temporary paralysis ... Paralysis can be seen in breeds of dogs that are chondrodysplastic ... Another type of paralysis is caused by a fibrocartilaginous embolism ...
... which is characterized as loss of recognition of half of the body or a limb, possibly due to paralysis or unilateral neglect ... arm of one's body, and it is often accompanied by left-sided paralysis and anosognosia (denial or lack of awareness) of the paralysis ... The link between Somatoparaphrenia and paralysis has been documented in many clinical cases and the question arises as to whether or not paralysis, anosognosia or both are necessary for ...