Bell's palsy

noun Pathology.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bell's palsy

Bell's palsy


a usually temporary paralysis of the muscles of the face, normally on one side

Word Origin for Bell's palsy

C19: named after Sir Charles Bell (1774–1842), British anatomist

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Medicine definitions for bell's palsy

Bell's palsy


facial palsy

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