1 loss of the ability to move a body part [syn: paralysis]
2 a condition marked by uncontrollable tremor v : affect with palsy [also: palsied]
- 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
- 1831, William
Lloyd Garrison, The
Liberator, To The Public http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2928t.html
- In the month of August, I issued proposals for publishing "THE LIBERATOR" in Washington city; but the enterprise, though hailed in different sections of the country, was palsied by public indifference.
Palsy is a medical term derived from the word paralysis that is defined as paralysis of a body part often accompanied by loss of feeling and uncontrolled body movements such as shaking. It occurs in the name of several medical conditions including cerebral palsy (caused by some intracranial lesions), brachial palsy (paralysis of an arm) and Bell's palsy.
palsy in German: Lähmung
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