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hypoglossal nerve

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noun Anatomy.
  1. either one of the twelfth pair of cranial nerves, consisting of motor fibers that innervate the muscles of the tongue.
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Origin of hypoglossal nerve

First recorded in 1840–50
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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.
  1. 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.twelfth cranial nerve
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