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[glos-oh-fuh-rin-jee-uh l, -juh l, -far-in-jee-uh l, glaw-soh-]Anatomy
  1. of or relating to the tongue and pharynx.
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Origin of glossopharyngeal

First recorded in 1815–25; glosso- + pharyngeal
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Examples from the Web for glossopharyngeal

Historical Examples of glossopharyngeal

  • The junction of the vagus and glossopharyngeal nerves is shewn in Pl.

    The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1

    Francis Maitland Balfour

  • The whole nerve-complex formed by the glossopharyngeal and the vagus nerves cannot of course be shewn in any single section.

  • The glossopharyngeal nerve alone becomes eventually separated from the succeeding branches.

  • The relation of the branches of the vagus and glossopharyngeal to the branchial clefts requires no special remark.

  • The mixed nerves to the internal branchial segments, equivalent in the vertebrate to the vagus, glossopharyngeal, and facial.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

glossopharyngeal in Medicine


(glôs′ō-fə-rĭnjəl, -făr′ən-jēəl)
  1. Relating to the tongue and pharynx.
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