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cranial nerve Syllabification: cra·ni·al nerve
Pronunciation: /ˌkrānēəl ˈnərv/

Definition of cranial nerve in English:


Each of twelve pairs of nerves that arise directly from the brain, not from the spinal cord, and pass through separate apertures in the skull.
Example sentences
  • From the brain stem emerge pairs of cranial nerves, analogous to the spinal nerves that innervate the limbs and trunk.
  • Occasionally, tumors may develop in the brain, on cranial nerves, or on the spinal cord.
  • Cranial nerve palsies of the third, fourth and sixth cranial nerves may occur, affecting extraocular motility.
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