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hypoglossal nerve

noun, Anatomy
1.
either one of the twelfth pair of cranial nerves, consisting of motor fibers that innervate the muscles of the tongue.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50
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Examples from the web for hypoglossal nerve
  • Sometimes the descending branch of the hypoglossal nerve is contained within the sheath.
  • The hypoglossal nerve crosses both the internal and external carotids above, curving around the origin of the occipital artery.
British Dictionary definitions for hypoglossal nerve

hypoglossal nerve

noun
1.
the twelfth cranial nerve, which supplies the muscles of the tongue
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hypoglossal nerve in Medicine

hypoglossal nerve n.
Either of a pair of nerves that arise from the medulla, pass through the hypoglossal canal, and supply muscles of the tongue and the styloglossus, hyoglossus, and genioglossus muscles. Also called twelfth cranial nerve.

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