hypoglossal nerve

noun

Definition of hypoglossal nerve

: either of the 12th and final pair of cranial nerves which are motor nerves arising from the medulla oblongata and supplying muscles of the tongue in higher vertebrates

called also hypoglossal

Examples of hypoglossal nerve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pacemaker device is implanted in soft tissues just below the collarbone, with an electrical lead tunnelled under the skin, and near the jaw it is attached to the hypoglossal nerve—which controls the tongue—with a cuff electrode. Neil Steinberg, Quartz, "One billion people worldwide stop breathing while they sleep," 15 Dec. 2019

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1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Hypoglossal nerve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypoglossal%20nerve. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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hypoglossal nerve

noun

Medical Definition of hypoglossal nerve

: either of the 12th and final pair of cranial nerves which are motor nerves arising from the medulla oblongata and supplying muscles of the tongue and hyoid apparatus in higher vertebrates

called also hypoglossal, twelfth cranial nerve

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