general paralysis


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general paralysis

[¦jen·rəl pə′ral·ə·səs]
(medicine)
A chronic, progressive form of syphilis caused by inflammatory and degenerative changes in the brain and meninges and characterized by physical, emotional, and intellectual deterioration; occurs at least 10 to 15 years after initial infection.
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51) The rate of general paralysis among male 'voluntary' patients was 30.
Male 'voluntary' patients, with a greater incidence of general paralysis, had the highest death rate of all: 42.
An 80-year-old man committed his son, suffering from general paralysis, when the son became "rude and violent", while the family of a female alcoholic, her doctors noted, lived "under a reign of terror.

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