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auditory nerve


noun Anatomy.

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.

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Nearby words

auditory canal, auditory cartilage, auditory cortex, auditory field, auditory hair, auditory nerve, auditory phonetics, auditory pit, auditory receptor cell, auditory reflex, auditory tube

Origin of auditory nerve

First recorded in 1715–25
Also called acoustic nerve.

Definition for acoustic nerve (2 of 2)

acoustic nerve


noun

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British Dictionary definitions for acoustic nerve

acoustic nerve


noun

the former name for vestibulocochlear nerve
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Medicine definitions for acoustic nerve (1 of 2)

auditory nerve


n.

cochlear nerve

Medicine definitions for acoustic nerve (2 of 2)

acoustic nerve


n.

vestibulocochlear nerve
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Science definitions for acoustic nerve

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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Culture definitions for acoustic nerve

auditory nerve


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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