is considered the seventh (7th) cranial nerve, of which there are twelve paired nerves, which is responsible for innervating the facial musculature and a variety of sensory receptors including the ears and tongue.

FACIAL NERVE: "There are numerous nerves which travel between the face and the brain, the facial nerve is one of the main nerves fulfilling this role."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "FACIAL NERVE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/facial-nerve/ (accessed September 23, 2021).