Bell's palsy


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

Examples of Bell's palsy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is no specific test for Bell's palsy, though doctors may order tests to rule out other conditions, according to the Mayo Clinic. Sarah Volpenhein, Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2024 According to Johns Hopkins, there's currently no cure for Bell's palsy, but recovery usually begins two to six months from the onset of symptoms. Tom Ignudo, CBS News, 26 Apr. 2024 Pregnancy raises the prevalence of Bell's palsy by two to four fold, Sarah Cross, MD, Yale Medicine OBGYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist, told USA TODAY Thursday in a statement. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 13 July 2023 There are different treatment options for Bell's palsy, including medications to help recover facial nerve function and relieve pain. Sara Moniuszko, CBS News, 13 July 2023 If a nerve in the face is affected, Bell's palsy might result. Elizabeth Woolley, Verywell Health, 28 May 2023 The stress Bryan endured throughout her pregnancy led to Bell's palsy, causing paralysis or weakness on one side of the face. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 5 May 2023 Sheila Ehrich, 71, also of Lakeville, said her doctor advised her to take the Moderna vaccine because of slight differences in clinical data for a complication called Bell's palsy, which Ehrich experienced after a past vaccine during a stressful time. Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, 14 Mar. 2021 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

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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 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

Bell's palsy

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