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Definition of Paralysis

Paralysis: Loss of voluntary movement (motor function). Paralysis that affects only one muscle or limb is partial paralysis, also known as palsy; paralysis of all muscles is total paralysis, as may occur in cases of botulism.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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