palsy

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Palsy \Pal"sy\, noun; pl. {Palsies}. [OE. palesie, parlesy, OF. paralesie, F. paralysie, L. paralysis. See {Paralysis}.] (Med.) Paralysis, complete or partial. See {Paralysis}. "One sick of the palsy." --Mark ii. 3.

{Bell's palsy}, paralysis of the facial nerve, producing distortion of one side of the face; -- so called from Sir Charles Bell, an English surgeon who described it.

{Scrivener's palsy}. See {Writer's cramp}, under {Writer}.

{Shaking palsy}, (Med.) paralysis agitans, a disease usually occurring in old people, characterized by muscular tremors and a peculiar shaking and tottering gait; now called {parkinsonism}, or {Parkinson's disease}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Palsy \Pal"sy\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Palsied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Palsying}.] To affect with palsy, or as with palsy; to deprive of action or energy; to paralyze.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

palsy

noun

1: loss of the ability to move a body part [syn: {paralysis}, {palsy}]

2: a condition marked by uncontrollable tremor

verb

1: affect with palsy


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