“The patient’s spinal cord is paralyzed,” said the doctor.
Did the author use right spellings of paralyze in the above sentence? Are you in doubt about the spellings and need more information to decide? If so, you landed on the right page. This article enlightens the readers about the difference between the two spellings, about the acceptability and use of each in specific parts of the world and why the two spellings exist.
Paralyze as verb:
Paralyze or paralyse:
Paralyse and paralyze are different spellings of the same word. Paralyze is preferred in the U.S. and Canada, while paralyse is preferred outside North America. The spelling difference extends to derivative words such as paralysed/paralyzed and paralysing/paralyzing, but not to paralysis, which has two s‘s everywhere. Both spellings are old, and it was not until the middle 19th century that English speakers on both sides of the Atlantic settled on their respective spellings (though Americans settled on theirs a little earlier).
When to use which spellings?
It is important to know that both spellings are right and are acceptable throughout the world. Paralyze should be used in America and Canada while paralyse should be used in European countries. If you are an American but are writing something for British audience, you should use the British spellings. However, if you are a British who is writing something for American audience, you should use the American spellings.