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Cranial nerves


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Olfactory nerve
Afferent nerve between the nasal mucosa and the olfactory bulb; the first cranial nerve.
Optic nerve
Afferent nerve between the retina and optic tract; the second cranial nerve.
Oculomotor nerve
Efferent nerve from the midbrain to most oculomotor muscles; the third cranial nerve.
Trochlear nerve
Efferent nerve from the midbrain to the eye's superior oblique muscle; the fourth cranial nerve.
Trigeminal nerve
Mixed nerve between the pons and (among other things), the skin of the face and muscles of mastication.
Abducens nerve
Efferent nerve that exits between the pons and the medulla and connects to the eye's lateral rectus muscle; the sixth cranial nerve.
Facial nerve
Mixed nerve between the pons/medulla and (among other things), the muscles of the face; the seventh cranial nerve.
Vestibulocochlear nerve
Afferent nerve between the pons/medulla and the ear; the eighth cranial nerve.
Glossopharyngeal nerve
Mixed nerve between the medulla and the tongue and throat; the ninth cranial nerve.
Vagus nerve
Mixed nerve between the medulla and larynx and organs in the thoracic and abdominal regions; the tenth cranial nerve.
Accessory nerve
Efferent nerve between the medulla/spinal cord and the neck muscles; the eleventh cranial nerve.
Hypoglossal nerve
Efferent nerve between the medulla/spinal cord and the tongue; the twelfth cranial nerve.