chorda tympani

noun
chorda tym·pa·ni | \-ˈtim-pə-ˌnī \

Medical Definition of chorda tympani 

: a branch of the facial nerve that traverses the middle ear cavity and the infratemporal fossa and supplies autonomic fibers to the sublingual and submandibular glands and sensory fibers to the anterior part of the tongue Infections may damage the chorda tympani taste nerve, which is stimulated at the front of the tongue and passes through the middle ear to the brain …New Scientist, 23 Aug. 2008

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