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; as, paralysis of the will.
Complete or partial loss of controlled movement caused by in the inability to contract one or more muscles. Paralysis of one half of the body is called hemiplegia; paralysis of all four limbs and the trunk is called quadriplegia; paraplegia is paralysis of both legs and sometimes part of the trunk.
The loss of voluntary movement. A lesser degree of paralysis is technically paresis. However, in everyday usage paralysis is used to mean either partial or complete loss of voluntary movement mild degree of paralysis is often described by both physicians and patients as weakness.