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Paralysis is loss of muscle function for one or more muscles. Paralysis can be accompanied by a loss of feeling (sensory loss) in the affected area if there is sensory damage as well as motor. About 1 in 50 people have been diagnosed with some form of paralysis, transient or permanent.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The word comes from the Greek παράλυσις, "disabling of the nerves",<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }} on Perseus</ref> itself from παρά (para), "beside, by"<ref>{{#invoke:Footnotes|harvard_citation_no_bracket}}</ref> and λύσις (lysis), "loosing"<ref>{{#invoke:Footnotes|harvard_citation_no_bracket}}</ref> and that from λύω (luō), "to loose".<ref>{{#invoke:Footnotes|harvard_citation_no_bracket}}</ref> A paralysis accompanied by involuntary tremors is usually called "palsy".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

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