hypoglossal nerve

  1. either one of the twelfth pair of cranial nerves, consisting of motor fibers that innervate the muscles of the tongue.

Origin of hypoglossal nerve

First recorded in 1840–50

Words Nearby hypoglossal nerve

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

    A Practical Physiology | Albert F. Blaisdell

British Dictionary definitions for hypoglossal nerve

hypoglossal nerve

  1. the twelfth cranial nerve, which supplies the muscles of the tongue

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