[ hahy-puh-glos-uhl, -glaw-suhl ]

  1. situated under the tongue.

Origin of hypoglossal

1825–35; hypo- + Greek glôss(a) tongue (see gloss2) + -al1

Words Nearby hypoglossal

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How to use hypoglossal in a sentence

  • Just external to the foramen magnum is a small foramen for the exit of the hypoglossal nerve (figs. 44 and 45, XII).

    The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
  • In a median longitudinal section of the skull the hypoglossal foramen is seen, and just in front of it a small foramen for a vein.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
  • Other cranial nerves, particularly the oculomotor and the hypoglossal, may also be implicated.

    Manual of Surgery | Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The vertebral spinal part—the region of the hypoglossal nerves.

    The Origin of Vertebrates | Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • The motor nerve of the tongue is the ninth pair, the hypoglossal.

    A Practical Physiology | Albert F. Blaisdell

British Dictionary definitions for hypoglossal


/ (ˌhaɪpəˈɡlɒsəl) /

  1. situated beneath the tongue


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