pa·ral·y·sis /pəˈræləsəs/ noun
1 medical :
a condition in which you are unable to move or feel all or part of your body [noncount
] ▪ The disease causes paralysis. ▪ paralysis of the legs ▪ partial/temporary paralysis
] ▪ The disease causes a paralysis of the legs.
2 formal :
a state of being unable to function, act, or move [noncount
] ▪ The whole country is in a state of paralysis. ▪ They are trying to end the political paralysis that has been gripping the country.
] ▪ a paralysis of fear [=an inability to function, act, or move that is caused by fear]