Definition of glossopharyngeal nerve in English:

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glossopharyngeal nerve

Pronunciation: /ˌɡläsōfəˈrinjēəl/ Pronunciation: /ˌɡlô-/


Each of the ninth pair of cranial nerves, supplying the tongue and pharynx.
Example sentences
  • The hypoglossal and glossopharyngeal nerves innervate pharyngeal dilator muscles.
  • Innervated by the glossopharyngeal nerve, it is poorly encapsulated.
  • With stimulation of the hypoglossal and glossopharyngeal nerves, there were greater increases in the lateral than in the anteroposterior diameter in all three regions.

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Syllabification: glos·so·pha·ryn·ge·al nerve

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