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vestibulocochlear nerve

/vɛˌstɪbjʊːlə ˈkɒklɪə/
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1.
either one of the eight pairs of cranial nerves that supply the cochlea and semicircular canals of the internal ear and contribute to the sense of hearing Formerly called acoustic nerve
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vestibulocochlear nerve in Medicine

vestibulocochlear nerve n.
A composite sensory nerve that emerges from the brainstem at the cerebellopontine angle, innervates the receptor cells of the membranous labyrinth, and consists of two major anatomically and functionally distinct components: the vestibular nerve and the cochlear nerve. Also called acoustic nerve, eighth cranial nerve.

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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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