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slight or incomplete paralysis. adj., adj paret´ic.
general paresis chronic meningoencephalitis from a syphilitic infection that is causing gradual loss of cortical function, resulting in progressive dementia and generalized paralysis; this may occur 10 to 20 years after an initial infection of syphilis in untreated individuals. Called also Bayle's disease and dementia paralytica.
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a type of later tertiary syphilis, clinically manifested by progressive dementia (often with delusional systems), seizures, Argyll-Robertson pupils, dysarthria, myoclonic jerks, action tremors, generalized hyperreflexia, and Babinski signs; pathologic studies reveal a chronic frontotemporoparietal meningoencephalitis; formerly one of the major causes for insanity.
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Dementia and progressive muscular weakness leading to paralysis, occurring as a late consequence of syphilis.
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general paresisNeurology A symptom of late tertiary syphilis 10+ yrs after the initial infection, caused by chronic meningoencephalitis resulting in progressive dementia and generalized paralysis. See Syphilis.
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general paresisSee GENERAL PARALYSIS OF THE INSANE.
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A form of neurosyphilis in which the patient's personality, as well as his or her control of movement, is affected. The patient may develop convulsions or partial paralysis.
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