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Medical Term:

vestibulocochlear nerve [CN VIII]


a composite sensory nerve innervating the receptor cells of the membranous labyrinth; it consists of two major, anatomically and functionally distinct components, each of which have different central connections: the vestibular nerve and the cochlear nerve.

Synonym(s): nervus vestibulocochlearis [CN VIII]TA, eighth cranial nerve [CN VIII], eighth nerve, nervus acusticus [CN VIII], nervus octavus [CN VIII], nervus statoacusticus [CN VIII], octavus, statoacoustic nerve

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