either of the ninth pair of cranial nerves, consisting of motor fibers that innervate the muscles of the pharynx, the soft palate, and the parotid glands, and of sensory fibers that conduct impulses to the brain from the pharynx, the middle ear, and the posterior third of the tongue.
Words nearby glossopharyngeal nerve
Origin of glossopharyngeal nerve
First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for glossopharyngeal nerve
/ (ˌɡlɒsəʊˌfærɪnˈdʒiːəl) /
the ninth cranial nerve, which supplies the muscles of the pharynx, the tongue, the middle ear, and the parotid gland
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Medicine definitions for glossopharyngeal nerve
Either of a pair of nerves that emerge from the medulla, supply sensation to the pharynx and the back third of the tongue, and carry motor fibers to the stylopharyngeal muscle and parasympathetic fibers to the otic ganglion.ninth cranial nerve
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