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hypoglossal

[hahy-puh-glos-uh l, -glaw-suh l]Anatomy
adjective
  1. situated under the tongue.
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noun
  1. hypoglossal nerve.
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Origin of hypoglossal

1825–35; hypo- + Greek glôss(a) tongue (see gloss2) + -al1
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Examples from the Web for hypoglossal

Historical Examples

  • The motor nerve of the tongue is the ninth pair, the hypoglossal.

    A Practical Physiology

    Albert F. Blaisdell

  • Some branches of the cervical plexus, and the hypoglossal nerve are also shown.

    A Practical Physiology

    Albert F. Blaisdell

  • The vertebral spinal part—the region of the hypoglossal nerves.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for hypoglossal

hypoglossal

adjective
  1. situated beneath the tongue
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noun
  1. short for hypoglossal nerve
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hypoglossal in Medicine

hypoglossal

(hī′pə-glôsəl)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to the area under the tongue.
  2. Of or relating to the hypoglossal nerve.
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