chorda tympani

noun

chorda tym·​pa·​ni -ˈtim-pə-ˌnī How to pronounce chorda tympani (audio)
: 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

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“Chorda tympani.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/chorda%20tympani. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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