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[hahy-puh-glos-uh l, -glaw-suh l] /ˌhaɪ pəˈglɒs əl, -ˈglɔ səl/ Anatomy
situated under the tongue.
Origin of hypoglossal
1825-35; hypo- + Greek glôss(a) tongue (see gloss2) + -al1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for hypoglossal
Historical Examples
  • In a median longitudinal section of the skull the hypoglossal foramen is seen, and just in front of it a small foramen for a vein.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • Some branches of the cervical plexus, and the hypoglossal nerve are also shown.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • Just external to the foramen magnum is a small foramen for the exit of the hypoglossal nerve (figs. 44 and 45, XII).

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The motor nerve of the tongue is the ninth pair, the hypoglossal.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • The vertebral spinal part—the region of the hypoglossal nerves.

    The Origin of Vertebrates Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • Other cranial nerves, particularly the oculomotor and the hypoglossal, may also be implicated.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
British Dictionary definitions for hypoglossal


situated beneath the tongue
short for hypoglossal nerve
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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hypoglossal in Medicine

hypoglossal hy·po·glos·sal (hī'pə-glô'səl)

  1. Of or relating to the area under the tongue.

  2. Of or relating to the hypoglossal nerve.

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