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Bell's palsy

noun, Pathology
1.
suddenly occurring paralysis that distorts one side of the face, caused by a lesion of the facial nerve.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; named after Charles Bell (1774-1842), Scottish anatomist, who first described it
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British Dictionary definitions for bells palsy

Bell's palsy

noun
1.
a usually temporary paralysis of the muscles of the face, normally on one side
Word Origin
C19: named after Sir Charles Bell (1774–1842), British anatomist
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bells palsy in Medicine

Bell's palsy n.
See facial palsy.

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