cranial nerve definition

  • noun:
    • Any of a few nerves that arise in sets from brain stem and reach the periphery through openings in head. You can find 12 these types of pairs in animals, birds, and reptiles and often 10 sets in amphibians and seafood.
    • the twelve paired nerves that are derived from the brainstem instead of the spinal cord.
    • any of the 12 paired nerves that originate when you look at the brain stem

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