Definition of hypoglossal nerve in English:

hypoglossal nerve

Syllabification: hy·po·glos·sal nerve
Pronunciation: /ˌhīpəˌɡläs(ə)l ˈnərv


Each of the twelfth pair of cranial nerves, supplying the muscles of the tongue.
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  • Descendens hypoglossi may be carried partly or completely by the vagus nerve instead of the hypoglossal nerve.
  • The ipsilateral hypoglossal nerve was sectioned, and that half of the muscle became silent.
  • Some fibers of the hypoglossal nerve can be traced through the reticular formation as they course towards the ventrolateral sulcus.


mid 19th century: hypoglossal from hypo- 'under' + Greek glōssa 'tongue' + -al.

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