Bell's palsyBell's palsy
a usually temporary, sudden paralysis of the facial nerve resulting in weakened or paralyzed muscles on one side of the face
Origin of Bell's palsyafter Charles Bell (1774-1842), Scottish anatomist who identified it
A unilateral facial muscle paralysis of sudden onset, resulting from trauma, compression, or infection of the facial nerve and characterized by muscle weakness and a distorted facial expression.
Origin of Bell's palsyAfter Sir Charles Bell, (1774–1842), Scottish anatomist.
- (pathology) A paralysis of cranial nerve VII (the facial nerve) resulting in inability to control facial muscles on the affected side.