glossopharyngeal nerves


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glossopharyngeal nerves

The 9th of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves arising directly from the brain and providing taste sensation to the back of the tongue and sensation in the lining of the throat. They also supply the CAROTID BODY and the CAROTID SINUS and a pair of muscles that assist in swallowing.