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Definition of "hypoglossal" [hyp•o•glos•sal]

  • Of or relating to the area under the tongue. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the hypoglossal nerve. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hypoglossal" in a sentence
  • "By the end of January, Minneapolis-based Inspire Medical Systems plans to begin enrolling 100 apnea patients in a key study in the U.S. and Europe to see if so-called hypoglossal nerve stimulation really could work."
  • "Exogenous serotonin at the hypoglossal motor nucleus (HMN) stimulates genioglossus (GG) muscle activity."
  • "Ninth or hypoglossal nerve distributed to the muscles of the tongue."