Bell's palsy


: paralysis of the facial nerve producing distortion on one side of the face

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Clooney has spoken about his teenage bout with Bell's palsy before, including on a 2006 segment of Larry King Live. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 27 Jan. 2023 The Food and Drug Administration has considered a possible tie between vaccines and Bell's palsy, since such cases occurred during clinical trials. Devon Link, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 Clay's reps confirmed to TMZ on Friday that a doctor diagnosed him with Bell's palsy after the star woke up a few weeks ago with a drooping face. Julie Mazziotta,, 6 Aug. 2021 No cases of Bell's palsy, a type of facial paralysis, were reported either. NBC News, 12 May 2021 The March benefit got postponed in February when Davis revealed that he had been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, a condition characterized by muscle weakness that often causes one side of the face to droop. Chris Gardner, Billboard, 20 Apr. 2021 Officially, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people with a history of Bell's palsy can take any COVID vaccine. Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, 14 Mar. 2021 The guidance addresses people with weakened immune systems, people with autoimmune conditions and those who have previously had Guillain-Barre syndrome and Bell's palsy. Tara John, CNN, 28 Dec. 2020 Americans who have had rare disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) or Bell's palsy also may receive the vaccine, with side effects expected at no higher level than the general population. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 27 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History


Sir Charles Bell †1842 Scottish anatomist

First Known Use

circa 1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bell's palsy was circa 1845

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“Bell's palsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

Bell's palsy

: paralysis of the facial nerve producing distortion on one side of the face
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