MNEMONICS for the 12 Cranial Nerves: A Compilation

Are you having a hard time memorizing the 12 cranial nerves? Here are a number of mnemonics you can use to make your life easier when preparing for a quiz or exams.

I – Olfactory nerve

II – Optic nerve

III – Oculomotor nerve

IV – Trochlear nerve

V – Trigeminal 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

  1. On Occasion Our Trusty Truck Acts Funny. Very Good Vehicle Any How

  2. On Old Olympus’ Towering Tops A Friendly Viking Grew Vines and Hops

  3. On Old Olympus’ Towering Top A Finn And German Viewed Some Hops

  4. On Old Olympus’ Towering Top A Finely Vested German Viewed A Hawk

  5. On Old Olympus’ Tufted Top A Fat Armed German Viewed An Hop

  6. On Old Olympus’ Towering Top AFinn And German Vault And Hop (Note: the Vestibulocochlear nerve is referred to as Auditory nerve in this mnemonic)

  7. OLympic OPium OCcupies TROubled TRIathletes After Finishing VEgas Gambling VAcations Still High

  8. OLiver the OPTImistic OCtopus TROts TRIumphantly ABout FACIng AUDIences GLOSSily VAGUely SPINning HIPPOs (Note: Accessory nerve is referred as Spinal accessory nerve, and the Vestibulocochlear nerve by its former name, Auditory)
  9. Orange Orangutans Often TRy To Avoid Feeding Angry Gorillas Very Ancient Hotdogs (Note: the Vestibulocochlear nerve is referred to as Auditory nerve in this mnemonic)
  10. Oh Once One Takes The Anatomy Final Very Good Vacations Are Heavenly
  11. OLd OPrah’s OCcupation: TROpical TRIps ABoard FAmous VESsels, GLamorous VAcations, ACCumulating HYPe
  12. OLd OPie Opened The TRunk And Found VEry Green Vestiges And Hemp
  13. OLd OPie OCcasionally TRies TRIGonometry And Feels VEry GLOomy, VAGUe, And HYPOactive
  14. Oh, Oh, Oh, They Traveled And Found Voldermort Guarding Very Secret Hallows
  15. O! O! O! There’s The Abercrombie and Fitch. Very Gorgeous and Very Adorable! Ha! (Note: the Vestibulocochlear nerve is referred to as Auditory nerve in this mnemonic)
  16. Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Feel Very Good Velvet. Such Heaven! (Note: Accessory nerve is referred as Spinal accessory nerve, and cranial nerve VIII is referred to as both Vestibulocochlear and Auditory)
  17. Oh Oh Oh To Touch And Feel Very Green Vegetables AH!! (Note: AH=Accessory & Hypoglossal combined)
  18. Oh, Oh, Oh To Touch And Feel AGirl’s Very Soft Hands
  19. Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Fondle AGorgeous Very Sexy Human
  20. OOOTruly There Are Five Very Gorgeous Vixens Awaiting Him
  21. Oh Oh Oh Topless Tiffany And Fat Valery Got V*ginitis And Hepatitis 

 

To familiarize yourselves whether a cranial nerve is Sensory, Motor or Both, the following mnemonics apply:

CRANIAL NERVES MODALITY
I. Olfactory Sensory
II. Optic Sensory
III. Oculomotor Motor
IV. Trochlear Motor
V. Trigeminal Both
VI. Abducens Motor
VII. Facial Both
VIII. Vestibulocochlear Sensory
IX. Glossopharyngeal Both
X. Vagus Both
XI. Spinal Accessory Motor
XII. Hypoglossal Motor

 

 

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Some Say Marry Money, But My Brother Says Big Business Makes Money

Some Say Marry Money, But My Brother Says Big Br**sts Matter Most

 

 

These mnemonics, which were taken from other web sites are just the most commonly used. You can make your own mnemonics and codes at your ease by associating the names of the cranial nerves to the things you see or to the things that get your attention easily.

 

 

REFERENCES:

  • http://pinoy-md.com/2010/01/cranial-nerves-mnemonics-for-medical-students.html
  • http://www.saintcyr.com/2001/mnemonic.html
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mnemonics_for_the_cranial_nerves
  • http://www.ehow.com/how_5696780_use-memorize-twelve-cranial-nerves.html
  • http://www.gwc.maricopa.edu/class/bio201/cn/cranial.htm
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