bell palsy

Bell's palsy

noun Pathology.
suddenly occurring paralysis that distorts one side of the face, caused by a lesion of the facial nerve.

Origin:
1855–60; named after Charles Bell (1774–1842), Scottish anatomist, who first described it

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Bell's palsy
 
n
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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Bell's palsy n.
See facial palsy.

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