AskDefine | Define palsy

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palsy

Noun

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]

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English

Noun

  1. Complete or partial muscle paralysis of a body part, often accompanied by a loss of feeling and uncontrolled body movements such as shaking.

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Verb

palsy
  1. to paralyse, either completely or partially

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Extensive Definition

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

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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