glossopharyngeal nerve

glos·​so·​pha·​ryn·​geal nerve | \ ˌglä-sō-ˌfer-ən-ˈjē-əl- How to pronounce glossopharyngeal nerve (audio) , ˌglȯ-, -fə-ˈrin-j(ē-)əl-\

Definition of glossopharyngeal nerve

: 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

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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

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First Known Use of glossopharyngeal nerve

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glossopharyngeal nerve

glosso- + pharyngeal

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Medical Definition of glossopharyngeal nerve

: 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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