accessory nerve

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accessory nerve

n.
Either of the 11th pair of cranial nerves, which convey motor impulses to the pharynx and muscles of the upper thorax, back, and shoulders.

accessory nerve

n
(Anatomy) either one of the eleventh pair of cranial nerves, which supply the muscles of the head, shoulders, larynx, and pharynx and the viscera of the abdomen and thorax

acces′sory nerve`


n.
either one of the 11th pair of cranial nerves found only in mammals, composed of motor fibers that function in speech and swallowing.
[1835–45]
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Noun1.accessory nerve - arises from two sets of roots (cranial and spinal) that unite to form the nerveaccessory nerve - arises from two sets of roots (cranial and spinal) that unite to form the nerve
cranial nerve - any of the 12 paired nerves that originate in the brain stem
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It connects infratemporal fossa to the middle cranial fossa and transmits the mandibular nerve, accessory meningeal artery and lesser petrosal nerve and emissary vein which connects the cavernous venous sinus to the pterygoid venous plexus in the infratemporal fossa.
Anatomic concerns also include branches from the femoral innervated muscles for whom trajectories are not clear, relative variability in innervation patterns to the anterior capsule in the presence of an accessory obturator nerve, accessory femoral nerve or superior gluteal nerve branches, the possibility of articular branches that start more inferiorly along the course of the femoral nerve and run with vessels, and a scenario where one common trunk supplies the joint, vessels, and muscles.