glossopharyngeal nerve

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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

First Known Use of glossopharyngeal nerve

circa 1823


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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


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