- 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.
Origin of auditory nerve
First recorded in 1715–25
Also called acoustic nerve.
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- the former name for vestibulocochlear nerve
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- cochlear nerve
- vestibulocochlear nerve
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- 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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