pa·re·sis (pə-rēsĭs, părĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. pa·re·ses (-sēz)
1. Slight or partial paralysis.
2. General paresis.
[Greek, act of letting go, paralysis, from parīenai, to let fall : para-, beside; see PARA-1 + hīenai, to throw; see yē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
pa·retic (pə-rĕtĭk) adj. & n.
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