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Noun: glossopharyngeal nerve
  1. 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
    - nervus glossopharyngeus, ninth cranial nerve

Derived forms: glossopharyngeal nerves

Type of: cranial nerve

Encyclopedia: Glossopharyngeal nerve