- suddenly occurring paralysis that distorts one side of the face, caused by a lesion of the facial nerve.
Origin of Bell's palsy
1855–60; named after Charles Bell (1774–1842), Scottish anatomist, who first described it
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- a usually temporary paralysis of the muscles of the face, normally on one side
C19: named after Sir Charles Bell (1774–1842), British anatomist
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