glossopharyngeal nerve

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glos·so·pha·ryn·ge·al nerve

 (glô′sō-fə-rĭn′jē-əl, -jəl, -făr′ən-jē′əl, glŏs′ō-)
n.
Either of the ninth pair of cranial nerves that contain both sensory and motor fibers and supply the tongue, soft palate, pharynx, and parotid gland.

[Greek glōssa, tongue + pharyngeal.]
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glossopharyngeal nerve

(ˌɡlɒsəʊˌfærɪnˈdʒiːəl)
n
(Anatomy) the ninth cranial nerve, which supplies the muscles of the pharynx, the tongue, the middle ear, and the parotid gland
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Noun1.glossopharyngeal nerve - sensory nerve to the pharynx and back of the tongue; motor fibers innervate muscles that elevate the pharynx and larynx; includes parasympathetic fibers to the otic ganglion
cranial nerve - any of the 12 paired nerves that originate in the brain stem
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