facial nerve

noun

: either of the seventh pair of cranial nerves that supply motor fibers especially to the muscles of the face and jaw and sensory and parasympathetic fibers to the tongue, palate, and fauces

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Surgeons will ensure this careful incision is in an area that won't impact salivary glands or facial nerves, remove the fat manually, and then close up the incision to allow for healing. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 11 Apr. 2023 Ramsay Hunt affects facial nerves and can even cause hearing loss. CBS News, 1 Mar. 2023 For the middle ear muscle reflex, the afferent limb is the auditory nerve; the efferent limb is the facial nerve for the stapedius muscle and the trigeminal nerve for the tensor tympani muscle. Christopher Linstrom, Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2011 The Mayo Clinic explains that the disease occurs when a shingles outbreak affects the facial nerve near one's ear. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 15 Mar. 2023 Once the blood vessels are joined, Katie’s facial nerve trunks are connected to the donor face, one on each side. National Geographic, 8 May 2014 To reach those two disparate sites, varicella-zoster virus must have traveled specific branches of the facial nerve. Claire Panosian Dunavan, Discover Magazine, 15 Oct. 2012 It can be caused by birth trauma, like when medical professionals use forceps during the delivery and mistakenly crush a facial nerve. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 26 Nov. 2022 Even so, the cancer cells in her facial nerve had to have come from someplace. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 29 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of facial nerve was in 1798

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“Facial nerve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facial%20nerve. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

facial nerve

noun
: either of the seventh pair of cranial nerves that supply motor fibers especially to the muscles of the face and jaw and sensory and parasympathetic fibers to the tongue, palate, and fauces

called also seventh cranial nerve, seventh nerve

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