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Paralysis

A complete or partial loss of controlled movement caused by the inability to contract one or more muscles. Paralysis may be temporary or permanent; can result from numerous causes including brain, muscle or peripheral nerve disorders, injury, disease or the toxic effects of some drugs or metals; and can affect a range of muscles from a small facial muscle to many of the major muscles in the body. Loss of feeling in the affected areas may accompany the inability to move.

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