1. hypoglossal

noun. supplies intrinsic muscles of the tongue and other tongue muscles.


  • cranial nerve
  • nervus hypoglosus
  • hypoglossal nerve


  • glossal (English)
  • hypo- (English)
  • ὑπο- (Ancient Greek (to 1453))

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Sentences with hypoglossal

1. Noun, singular or mass
When the motor cortex in the brain is damaged, the hypoglossal nerve — which is a pure motor nerve innervating the muscles of the tongue — will be defective, Dr. Fonarow explains.

2. Adjective
In order from front to back these are the olfactory, optic, oculomotor, trochlear, trigeminal, abducens, facial, vestibulocochlear, glossopharyngeal, vagus, spinal accessory and hypoglossal nerves.