Webster's Writer's Dictionary

PARALYSIS

Pa*ral"y*sis [L., fr. Gr. Para-, and Loose, and cf. Palsy.] (Med.)

Abolition of function, whether complete or partial; esp., the loss of the power of voluntary motion, with or without that of sensation, in any part of the body; palsy. See Hemiplegia, and Paraplegia. Also used figuratively. "Utter paralysis of memory." G. Eliot. Mischievous practices arising out of the paralysis of the powers of ownership. Duke of Argyll (1887).