facial nerve

noun

Definition of facial nerve

: 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

Examples of facial nerve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within weeks, the disease changed, with about 15 percent of patients developing a neurologic illness, such as meningitis, paralysis of facial nerves, or severe pain radiating from the spine to the arms, torso, or legs. Allen Steere, BostonGlobe.com, "Lyme disease: How we discovered it and where we go from here," 22 Aug. 2019 The first of her operations, for a tumor in her neck, damaged a facial nerve that permanently changed her smile. Lindsay Crouse, New York Times, "Gabriele Grunewald, Runner Who Chronicled Journey With Cancer, Dies at 32," 12 June 2019 The first of her operations, for a tumor in her neck, damaged a facial nerve that changed her smile forever. Lindsay Crouse, BostonGlobe.com, "Gabriele Grunewald, long-distance runner who chronicled journey with cancer, dies at 32," 12 June 2019 The next step will be to make a high tech analogue that doesn’t involve using a seal’s whiskers, facial nerve endings, and brain. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Military Could Track Objects Underwater With Seal Whiskers," 13 Aug. 2018 Delicate structures in the skull, like facial nerves, taste nerves, inner ear and balance organs can't be affected, while bone filings and blood can blurry a microscope during surgery. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "This Robot Surgeon Will Drill Right Into Your Skull," 28 Apr. 2018 Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is a rare form of shingles that affects the facial nerves. Korin Miller, SELF, "P90X Founder Tony Horton Reveals He’s Been Diagnosed With Ramsay Hunt Syndrome," 26 Oct. 2017 There are two cranial nerves responsible for taste perception in different areas of the tongue: the glossopharyngeal nerve in the back and the chorda tympani branch of the facial nerve in the front. Steven D Munger, Smithsonian, "The Taste Map of the Tongue You Learned in School Is All Wrong," 23 May 2017 The four officers had been zealous in their work, using their batons to break Rodney King's cheekbone and ankle and 11 bones at the base of his skull, damaging his facial nerves and knocking the fillings out of his teeth. Joe Domanick, Esquire, "The LAPD and the Shame of a Nation," 5 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of facial nerve

1798, in the meaning defined above

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“Facial nerve.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facial%20nerve. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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facial nerve

noun

Medical Definition of facial nerve

: 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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