glossopharyngeal nerve


nounAnatomy.
  1. 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.

Origin of glossopharyngeal nerve

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First recorded in 1815–25

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British Dictionary definitions for glossopharyngeal nerve

glossopharyngeal nerve

/ (ˌɡlɒsəʊˌfærɪnˈdʒiːəl) /


noun
  1. the ninth cranial nerve, which supplies the muscles of the pharynx, the tongue, the middle ear, and the parotid gland

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