hypoglossus


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Related to hypoglossus: hypoglossal nucleus, Hyoglossus muscle

hy·po·glos·sal

(hī'pō-glos'ăl), Do not confuse this word with hyoglossal.
1. Below the tongue.
2. Relating to the twelfth cranial nerve (nervus hypoglossus).
Synonym(s): hypoglossus
[L. hypoglossus fr. hypo- + glossus, tongue]

hypoglossus

[-glos′əs]
1 a muscle that retracts and pulls down the side of the tongue.
2 the hypoglossal nerve.
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Reversibility of airflow obstruction by hypoglossus nerve stimulation in anesthetized rabbits.
The central position of the will is not only expressed in its function as a link between the head and the digestive system--it also determines the context of the quotation: the quote is part of an enumeration towards the end of the text in which nerve pathways such as the hypoglossus are distinguished from merely vegetative nerves, whose functioning remains unconscious.
As the hypoglossal nerves generally are described as the chief motor nerves of the tongue, any impairment of the hypoglossus results in speech disturbances or even in aphasia (Lanz 265; Smith 306).