Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

glossopharyngeal nerve

play
noun glos·so·pha·ryn·geal nerve \ˌglä-sō-ˌfer-ən-ˈjē-əl-, ˌglȯ-, -fə-ˈrin-j(ē-)əl-\

Definition of glossopharyngeal nerve

  1. :  either of the ninth pair of cranial nerves that are mixed nerves and supply chiefly the pharynx, posterior tongue, and parotid gland —called also glossopharyngeal



Circa 1823

First Known Use of glossopharyngeal nerve

circa 1823


Medical Dictionary

glossopharyngeal nerve

noun glos·so·pha·ryn·geal nerve

Medical Definition of glossopharyngeal nerve

  1. :  a mixed nerve that is either of the ninth pair of cranial nerves, that has sensory fibers arising from the superior and petrosal ganglia and motor fibers arising with those of the vagus nerve from the lateral wall of the medulla, and that supplies chiefly the pharynx, posterior tongue, and parotid gland with motor and sensory fibers including gustatory and autonomic secretory and vasodilator fibers—called also glossopharyngeal, ninth cranial nerve




Learn More about glossopharyngeal nerve


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up glossopharyngeal nerve? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 9, 2016

marked by high spirits and laughter

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders spindrift duvet pince-nez
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ