hypoglossal nerve


noun Anatomy.

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

Nearby words

  1. hypogeous,
  2. hypogeum,
  3. hypogeusia,
  4. hypoglossal,
  5. hypoglossal canal,
  6. hypoglossal nucleus,
  7. hypoglottis,
  8. hypoglycaemia,
  9. hypoglycemia,
  10. hypoglycemic

Origin of hypoglossal nerve

First recorded in 1840–50

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British Dictionary definitions for hypoglossal nerve

hypoglossal nerve

noun

the twelfth cranial nerve, which supplies the muscles of the tongue
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Medicine definitions for hypoglossal nerve

hypoglossal nerve

n.

Either of a pair of nerves that arise from the medulla, pass through the hypoglossal canal, and supply muscles of the tongue and the styloglossus, hyoglossus, and genioglossus muscles.twelfth cranial nerve

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