American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- 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.
- n. 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
- Greek glōssa, tongue + pharyngeal. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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