Bell's palsy

noun
\ ˈbelz- How to pronounce Bell's palsy (audio) \

Definition of Bell's palsy

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

First Known Use of Bell's palsy

circa 1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Bell's palsy

Sir Charles Bell †1842 Scottish anatomist

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

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“Bell's palsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bell%27s%20palsy. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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Bell's palsy

noun

Medical Definition of Bell's palsy

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

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