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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Also called acoustic nerve.
Origin of auditory nerve
First recorded in 1715–25
Words nearby auditory nerve
Definition for acoustic nerve (2 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for acoustic nerve
the former name for vestibulocochlear nerve
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Medical definitions for acoustic nerve (1 of 2)
Medical definitions for acoustic nerve (2 of 2)
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Scientific definitions for acoustic 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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Cultural definitions for acoustic nerve
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