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Princeton's WordNet

  1. facial, facial nerve, nervus facialis, seventh cranial nerve(noun)

    cranial nerve that supplies facial muscles


  1. facial nerve(Noun)

    The seventh (VII) of twelve paired cranial nerves.


  1. Facial nerve

    The facial nerve is the seventh of twelve paired cranial nerves. It emerges from the brainstem between the pons and the medulla, and controls the muscles of facial expression, and functions in the conveyance of taste sensations from the anterior two-thirds of the tongue and oral cavity. It also supplies preganglionic parasympathetic fibers to several head and neck ganglia.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Facial Nerve

    The 7th cranial nerve. The facial nerve has two parts, the larger motor root which may be called the facial nerve proper, and the smaller intermediate or sensory root. Together they provide efferent innervation to the muscles of facial expression and to the lacrimal and salivary glands, and convey afferent information for taste from the anterior two-thirds of the tongue and for touch from the external ear.

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