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auditory nerve

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noun Anatomy.
  1. 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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Origin of auditory nerve

First recorded in 1715–25
Also called acoustic nerve.
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auditory nerve in Medicine

auditory nerve

n.
  1. cochlear nerve

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auditory nerve


auditory nerve in Culture

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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