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Auditory nerve


  • acoustic nerve
  • cochlear-vestibular nerve
  • eighth cranial nerve
  • vestibulocochlear nerve


Either of the eighth pair of cranial nerves connecting the inner ear with the brain, transmitting impulses concerned with hearing and balance, and composed of the cochlear nerve and the vestibular nerve -- called also acoustic nerve, auditory, eighth cranial nerve, vestibulocochlear nerve.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

Published: November 23, 2015