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auditory nerve

noun, Anatomy
1.
either one of the eighth pair of cranial nerves, consisting of sensory fibers that conduct impulses from the organs of hearing and from the semicircular canals to the brain.
Also called acoustic nerve.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25
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Examples from the web for auditory nerve
  • Today's devices, which are routinely implanted, can stimulate the auditory nerve across a broad range of frequencies.
  • We hear when the cochlea, in the inner ear, stimulates the auditory nerve.
  • The internal ear is the essential part of the organ of hearing, receiving the ultimate distribution of the auditory nerve.
  • The electrode is wrapped around the insect's auditory nerve.
  • These waves are then converted by the cochlea into electrical signals, which are sent along the auditory nerve to the brain.
  • The hair cells send their signals through the auditory nerve to the brain.
  • The auditory nerve then carries these signals from your inner ear to your brain.
auditory nerve in Medicine

auditory nerve n.
See cochlear nerve.

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auditory nerve in Science
auditory nerve  
Either of the eighth pair of cranial nerves that carries sensory impulses from the ear to the brain. The auditory nerve transmits information related to sound and balance.
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auditory nerve in Culture

auditory nerve definition


The nerve that connects the inner ear with the brain. One of its two branches carries the sensation of sound to the brain; the other is involved in maintaining balance.

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Encyclopedia Article for auditory nerve

acoustic nerve

nerve in the human ear, serving the organs of equilibrium and of hearing. It consists of two anatomically and functionally distinct parts: the cochlear nerve, distributed to the hearing organ, and the vestibular nerve, distributed to the organ of equilibrium

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