facial nerve

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facial nerve

n.
Either of the seventh pair of cranial nerves that control facial muscles and relay sensation from the taste buds of the front part of the tongue.

facial nerve

n
(Physiology) the seventh cranial nerve, supplying the muscles controlling facial expression, glands of the palate and nose, and the taste buds in the anterior two-thirds of the tongue

fa′cial nerve`


n.
either one of the seventh pair of cranial nerves, in mammals supplying facial muscles, the taste buds at the front of the tongue, the tear glands, and the salivary glands.
[1810–20]
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Noun1.facial nerve - cranial nerve that supplies facial musclesfacial nerve - cranial nerve that supplies facial muscles
cranial nerve - any of the 12 paired nerves that originate in the brain stem
face, human face - the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear; "he washed his face"; "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"
References in periodicals archive ?
An electromyography and nerve conduction studies of Cranial Nerve VII and its innervated muscles revealed severe active denervation in the left frontalis muscle and severe partial denervation in the procerus muscle.
Given the patient's acute onset of unilateral facial droop, the differential diagnosis includes vascular, infectious, granulomatous, neoplastic, and autoimmune causes of cranial nerve VII injury (Table 1).
The parasympathetic division of cranial nerve VII supplies fibers that contribute to the greater petrosal nerve (which supplies the lacrimal gland), the lesser petrosal nerve (which supplies the parotid gland), and the chorda tympani (which supplies the submandibular and sublingual glands).