Cranial Nerves – Anatomy and Functions

Author: Scott A. Sheffield MS

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The cranial nerves are nerves that direct the function of the brain. They include both sensory and motor functions, which work together to help you use your body and mind in everyday life.

An inferior view of the brain showing the cranial nerves (Olfactory nerve is labeled)
An inferior view of the brain showing the cranial nerves (Optic nerve is labeled)
An inferior view of the brain showing the cranial nerves (Oculomotor nerve is labeled)
An inferior view of the brain showing the cranial nerves (Trochlear nerve is labeled)
An inferior view of the brain showing the cranial nerves (Trigeminal nerve is labeled)
An inferior view of the brain showing the cranial nerves (Abducens nerve is labeled)
An inferior view of the brain showing the cranial nerves (Facial nerve is labeled)
An inferior view of the brain showing the cranial nerves (Vestibulocochlear nerve is labeled)
An inferior view of the brain showing the cranial nerves (Glossopharyngeal nerve is labeled)
An inferior view of the brain showing the cranial nerves (Vagus nerve is labeled)
An inferior view of the brain showing the cranial nerves (Spinal accessory nerve is labeled)
An inferior view of the brain showing the cranial nerves (Hypoglossal nerve is labeled)
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Worried that you’ll never understand the cranial nerves? Let these interactive anatomy quizzes and worksheets prove you wrong!

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Test yourself image showing the cranial nerves from inferior aspect of the brain (1. Olfactory 2. Trochlear 3. Trigeminal 4. Vestibulocochlear 5. Hypoglossal 6. Spinal accessory 7. Optic 8. Oculomotor 9. Abducens 10. Facial 11. Glossopharyngeal 12. Vagus) all numbered without answers
Test yourself image showing the cranial nerves from inferior aspect of the brain (1. Olfactory 2. Trochlear 3. Trigeminal 4. Vestibulocochlear 5. Hypoglossal 6. Spinal accessory 7. Optic 8. Oculomotor 9. Abducens 10. Facial 11. Glossopharyngeal 12. Vagus) all numbered with answers below
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