Definition of Facial nerve

1. Noun. Cranial nerve that supplies facial muscles.

Exact synonyms: Facial, Nervus Facialis, Seventh Cranial Nerve
Generic synonyms: Cranial Nerve
Group relationships: Face, Human Face
Derivative terms: Facial

Definition of Facial nerve

1. Noun. (neuroanatomy) The seventh (VII) of twelve paired cranial nerves. ¹

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Medical Definition of Facial nerve

1. The facial nerve enervates the muscles of the face (facial expression). Lesion of the facial nerve cause a drooping to one side of the face, inability to wrinkle the forehead, inability to whistle, inability to close the eye and deviation of the mouth to the unaffected side. Synonym: cranial nerve VII. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Facial Nerve

facial feature
facial features
facial gesture
facial hair
facial hemiatrophy
facial hemiatrophy of Romberg
facial hemiplegia
facial hillock
facial index
facial injuries
facial lymph nodes
facial motor nucleus
facial muscle
facial muscles
facial myokymia
facial nerve (current term)
facial nerves
facial neuralgia
facial nucleus
facial pain
facial palsy
facial paralysis
facial plane
facial plexus
facial profile
facial profiling
facial recognition
facial reflex
facial root
facial spasm

Literary usage of Facial nerve

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1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The Seventh or facial nerve (portio dura) is the motor nerve of all the muscles of expression in the face, and of the Platysma and Buccinator ; the muscles ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"Nucleus of the facial nerve.—The nucleus of the seventh or facial nerve lies deeply ... The fibres of origin of the facial nerve proceed from this nucleus ..."

3. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"The facial nerve (N. facialis) The facial nerve proper is a pure motor nerve ... The facial nerve, besides these motor fibers, carries, throughout a part of ..."

4. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1906)
"From this point the facial nerve proper is continued to its peripheral ... The facial nerve, geniculate ganglion and relations with the otic. i. ..."

5. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1912)
"facial nerve Paralysis (Bell's Palsy).—ETIOLOGY. ... The palsy, too, would resemble the cerebral form, involving only the lower fibre? of the facial nerve. ..."

6. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1839)
"the two following cases to show the efficacy of emetics in removing paralysis of the facial nerve. We have several times witnessed their utility in our own ..."

7. Quain's Elements of Anatomy by Jones Quain, Allen Thomson, George Dancer Thane (1882)
"... the Yidian canal has alito been opened from the outside: 1, facial nerve in the first horizontal part of its course ; 2, it« second part turning ..."

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