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List of mnemonics for the cranial nerves

List of mnemonics for the cranial nerves


Cranial nerves

CN I Olfactory
CN II Optic
CN III Oculomotor
CN IV Trochlear
CN V Trigeminal
CN VI Abducens
CN VII Facial
CN VIII
Vestibulocochlear
CN IX
Glossopharyngeal
CN X Vagus
CN XI Accessory
CN XII Hypoglossal

As one author has noted, "Generations of biology and medical students have relied on mnemonic (memory-aiding)
phrases and ditties, ranging from sublimely silly to the unprintably ribald, to help them remember the cranial
nerves..."[1]
The cranial nerves are:

I - Olfactory nerve
II - Optic nerve
III - Oculomotor nerve
IV - Trochlear nerve
V - Trigeminal nerve/dentist nerve
VI - Abducens nerve
VII - Facial nerve
VIII - Vestibulocochlear nerve/Auditory nerve
IX - Glossopharyngeal nerve
X - Vagus nerve
XI - Accessory nerve/Spinal accessory nerve
XII - Hypoglossal nerve

"Clean" Mnemonics for the nerves


A mnemonic uses, at the least, the first letter of each of the 12 nerves, in order. Examples listed below are those that
have been published in textbooks or otherwise propagated as noted:
Odor Of Orangutan Terrified Tarzan After Forty Voracious Gorillas Viciously Attacked Him (Adopted at Duke
University Medical School after a student contest c.1980 when the auditory nerve was renamed the
vestibulocochlear nerve)
On Old Olympus' Towering Top, A Finn And German Viewed Some Hops[2] [][3]
Old Open Oceans Trouble Tribesmen About Far Ventures, Global Vacations, Accusing Hydrophobia

List of mnemonics for the cranial nerves

Orange Oregon O-lineman Tried Track And Field, Victory Gave Virginia School Honor
On Occasion Our Trusty Truck Acts Funny, Very Good Vehicle Any How
Once One Openly Told Tourists About Fighting Vampires Gobling Various Antelope Herds
On Old Olympus' Towering Top, A Friendly Viking Grew Vines And Hops
Oh, Oh, Oh, To Take A Family Vacation! Go Vegas After Hours
Only Owls Observe Them Traveling And Finding Voldemort Guarding Very Secret Horcruxes
Old Opie Occasionally Tries Trigonometry And Feels Very Gloomy, Vague And Hypoactive
Old Oprah Occasionally Trots Triumphantly About, Farting Velveeta Globs, Vaunting Accolades Hysterically
Old Oprah Occasionally Trots Triumphantly About, Farting Velveeta Globs, Valiantly Spreading Hysteria
Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Feel Vintage Green Velvet, Simply Heaven
Old, Oliver, Ogg, Traveled, To, Africa, For, Very, Good, Vacations, And, Holidays
Once On October Thirteenth, Troublesome Abductors Filched Various Golden Valuables And Heirlooms
Oprah Ought Order Tasty Treats And Finally Value Growing Voluptuous And Happy
Old Officers Often Trust The Army For A Glory Vague And Hypothetical
Old Oppressive Oceanic Trout Trick Aquatic Fauna Very Greedily; Valiant Sharks Hunt (them).
Oh Once One Takes The Anatomy Final, Very Good Vacations Are Heavenly.
One Of Our Trained Teachers Asked For A Good Vada And Halwa

On Ocassion Of Tea Three Adult Friends Ate Goose Vanillae And Hen

"Dirty" Mnemonics for the nerves

Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Feel Virgin Girl's Vagina And Hymen
Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Feel Vagina God Vaginas Are Hot
Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Feel A Guy's Vein And Hotdog
On Occasion, Oliver Tries To Anally Finger Various Guys. Vaginas Are History!

Mnemonics for the type of nerve


Mnemonics for the type of nerve or its function rely upon the letters S, M and B for sensory, motor or both. The
mnemonics to remember the types of cranial nerves can be chosen from:
S = Sensory
M = Motor
B = Both (sensory + motor)
A common mnemonic for the functions of the first through twelfth nerves, is "Some Say Marry Money, But My
Brother Says Big Business Makes Money." []
Another common variation of this is "Some Say Marry Money, But My Brother Says Big Brains Matter Most,"
which appears to be a bowdlerized version of the common "Some Say Marry Money, But My Brother Says Big
Breasts Matter Most."
Silly Superman Made Mortal Brothers Make Bets Since Both Boys Made Money"
Some Say Money Matters, But My Beloved Says Being Beloved Matters More."
Or to include the three Trigeminal branches: Some say money matters, some say banks, my brother says big brains
matter most.

List of mnemonics for the cranial nerves

Mnemonics for the foramina


To remember the skull foramina (plural of foramen) from which exit the 12 cranial nerves, the following statements
may be used:
1.
2.
3.
4.

Cleaners Only Spray Smelly Stuff Right On Smelly Idiots In J. Jonah Jameson High
Carl Only Swims South. Silly Roger Only Swims In Infiniti Jacuzzis. Jane Just Hitchhikes.
Carlos Only Smokes Spliff Since Rastaman Offered Skunk In Indigenous Jamaica. Jamaican Joint Heaven.
Come Over Soon Soon Soon Ride On Some Intense Internal vaJJJ Ha!

for Cribriform plate (Olfactory), Optic canal (Optic), Superior Orbital Fissure (Oculomotor), Superior Orbital
Fissure (Trochlear), Superior Orbital Fissure (Trigeminal - Ophthalmic), Foramen Rotundum (Trigeminal Maxillary), Foramen Ovale (Trigeminal - Mandibular), Superior Orbital Fissure (Abducens), Internal Acoustic
Meatus (Facial), Internal Acoustic Meatus (Vestibulocochlear), Jugular Foramen (Glossopharyngeal), Jugular
Foramen (Vagus), Jugular Foramen (Accessory), Hypoglossal Canal (Hypoglossal)

Mnemonics for Function


You have one nose, so the olfactory nerve is CN I, and it controls the sense of smell and innervates the nose.
You have two eyes, so the optic nerve is CN II, which functions to produce vision.
You have six abs, so the abducens nerve is CN VI, which abducts the eye.
CN VII: A mnemonic for the names of the five branches of the Facial nerve is To Zanzibar By Motor Car, where
the five branches are the Temporal, Zygomatic, Buccal, Mandibular and Cervical branches.
The number 8 resembles an ear, so CN VIII, the vestibulocochlear/acoustic nerve is a sensory nerve for hearing.
The number 11 can resemble a pair of arms or shoulders, and CN XI innervates the sternocleidomastoid and
trapezius muscles and controls shoulder and neck movements.
The saying The tongue licks the wound is a reminder that when the hypoglossal nerve (CNXII) is damaged, the
tongue deviates to the same side of a lesion to the cranial nerve. (eg, if the tongue deviates to the right, the right side
of CNXII is damaged).

References

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