Pronunciation: (par'u-līz"), [key]
—v.t., -lyzed, -lyz•ing.
1. to affect with paralysis.
2. to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike paralyzed communications. Also, esp. Brit.,par'a•lyse".
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