Mnemonics Of Cranial Nerves & Its Types :

There are twelve pairs cranial nerves in the central nervous system which originate from the brain stem and brain. Some are motor nerves, sensory nerves and some are mixed. These nerves leave the brain and brain stem through different foramina in the skull, and takes motor and sensory from all parts of the body. Cranial nerves are very important topic in medical examination. Students found cranial nerve very difficult to memorize. On of the easy way to memorize the cranial nerve by using Easy Cranial mnemonics. We gives easy mnemonics of cranial nerves and hope u people will find it helpful.

Name Of Cranial Nerves & Its Type:

Following are the names of cranial nerves and its type given below;

  1. Olfactory nerve (CN I)
  2. Optic nerve (CN II)
  3. Oculomotor nerve (CN III)
  4. Trochlear nerve (CN IV)
  5. Trigeminal nerve(CN V)
  6. Abducens nerve (CN VI)
  7. Facial nerve (CN VII)
  8. Auditory (or vestibulocochlear) nerve (CN VIII)
  9. Glossopharyngeal nerve (CN IX)
  10. Vagus nerve (CN X)
  11. Spinal accessory nerve (CN XI)
  12. Hypoglossal nerve (CN XII)
  • cranial nerves mnemonics

Mnemonic For Cranial nerves:

Easy mnemonic list for cranial nerves have been given below; Read the mnemonics and memorized the one which stuck in your mind. It will help you in exam.

  1. O: olfactory nerve (CN I).
  2. O: optic nerve (CN II).
  3. O: oculomotor nerve (CN III).
  4. T: trochlear nerve (CN IV).
  5. T: trigeminal nerve(CN V).
  6. A: abducens nerve (CN VI).
  7. F: facial nerve (CN VII).
  8. A: auditory (or vestibulocochlear) nerve (CN VIII).
  9. G: glossopharyngeal nerve (CN IX).
  10. V: vagus nerve (CN X).
  11. S: spinal accessory nerve (CN XI).
  12. H: hypoglossal nerve (CN XII).
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Mnemonics for Cranial Nerves Types:

Following are the mnemonics for the types of cranial nerves. Its difficult to memorize that which nerve is motor, sensory and mixed. It can b easy memorized by mnemonic given below:

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  • S: sensory (olfactory nerve – CN I)
  • S: sensory (optic nerve – CN II)
  • M: motor (oculomotor nerve – CN III)
  • M: motor (trochlear nerve – CN IV)
  • B: both (trigeminal nerve – CN V)
  • M: motor (abducens nerve – CN VI)
  • B: both (facial nerve – CN VII)
  • S: sensory (vestibulocochlear nerve – CN VIII)
  • B: both (glossopharyngeal nerve CN IX)
  • B: both (vagus nerve – CN X)
  • M: motor (spinal accessory nerve – CN XI)
  • M: motor (hypoglossal nerve – CN XII


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