paralysis noun

1 being unable to move your body or a part of it

ADJ. complete | partial | instant The snake's venom induces instant paralysis. | permanent | infantile

VERB + PARALYSIS be struck with | suffer from | cause, induce

PARALYSIS + VERB spread He had been crippled by a rare type of paralysis spreading from his ankle.

2 being unable to work in the normal way

ADJ. complete Strike leaders claimed ‘almost complete paralysis’ in the ports and mines. | emotional, political