Definition of glossopharyngeal nerve in English:

glossopharyngeal nerve

noun

Anatomy
  • Each of the ninth pair of cranial nerves, supplying the tongue and pharynx.

    • ‘Innervated by the glossopharyngeal nerve, it is poorly encapsulated.’
    • ‘With stimulation of the hypoglossal and glossopharyngeal nerves, there were greater increases in the lateral than in the anteroposterior diameter in all three regions.’
    • ‘Stimulation of the glossopharyngeal nerve also increased airway area in all three regions, with the greatest effect in the caudal oropharynx.’
    • ‘A radiograph of the skull had confirmed a long styloid process on the left, which was perceived to be impinging on the glossopharyngeal nerve, causing referred pain.’
    • ‘The hypoglossal and glossopharyngeal nerves innervate pharyngeal dilator muscles.’

Pronunciation:

glossopharyngeal nerve

/ˌɡlɒsə(ʊ)fəˈrɪn(d)ʒɪəl/