Mnemonic for cranial nerves - page 11

by KR

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Hi out there. I am a freshman nursing student and in my A and P class we have to learn the 12 cranial nerves. I know that there are a couple little sayings out there to help reember them but I do not remeber all of the one I... Read More


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    ok here goes, this is what i learned from my MALE A&P teacher. O,O,O To Touch And Feel A Girls Vagina A Ha
    This on is close to the one me and my friends made up, your is "a" different but that may because we used different terms the last a i have spinal assesory, is the one i was taught. but if you added yours i can add mine.

    Oh OH OH, To Tough And Feel A Great Vagina Seems Hot,

    X-rated ones always are better. you remeber them longer
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    Great! Wow thanks for all your ideas and help. That website for mnemonic is great thanks for posting it. I have to say I agree with the others the dirty ones do seem like they would be eaiser to remember. I guess I'll have to wait and see how well they work on my test.

    Is there anyone out there in A&P I that is taking there final soon? Just wondering how you're coping? I'm just glad I had the Thanksgiving break to study, all my other classes didn't have anything due so I was able to really concentrate on A&P I for once.

    Thanks again!!!
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    Quote from jitters
    Great! Wow thanks for all your ideas and help. That website for mnemonic is great thanks for posting it. I have to say I agree with the others the dirty ones do seem like they would be eaiser to remember. I guess I'll have to wait and see how well they work on my test.

    Is there anyone out there in A&P I that is taking there final soon? Just wondering how you're coping? I'm just glad I had the Thanksgiving break to study, all my other classes didn't have anything due so I was able to really concentrate on A&P I for once.

    Thanks again!!!
    Glad you like the website. I have more trouble remembering mneumonics than the actual words...
    SJ
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    Here is a cute (kinda dirty) song our teacher taught us. It not only helps with their names but also their function. Hope this helps, I know it did me!!! Sorry so long.

    THE TWELVE CRANIAL NERVES
    sung to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas"

    I (Olfactory)

    On the first nerve of the cranium,

    my true love gave to me:

    My sense olfactory.

    II (Optic)

    On the second nerve of the cranium,

    my true love gave to me:

    Two, eyes a-looking,

    And my sense olfactory.

    III (Oculomotor)

    On the third nerve of the cranium,

    my true love gave to me:

    Three cross-eyed glances,

    Two, eyes a-looking,

    And my sense olfactory.

    IV (Trochlear)

    On the forth nerve of the cranium,

    my true love gave to me:

    Four: superior oblique muscles,

    Three cross-eyed glances,

    Two, eyes a-looking,

    And my sense olfactory.

    V (Trigeminal)

    On the fifth nerve of the cranium,

    my true love gave to me:

    Mas-ti-ca-tion!

    Four: superior oblique,

    Three cross-eyed glances,

    Two, eyes a-looking,

    And my sense olfactory.

    VI (Abducens)

    On the sixth nerve of the cranium,

    my true love gave to me:

    Six sideways glances,

    Mas-ti-ca-tion!

    Four; superior oblique,

    Three cross-eyed glances,

    Two eyes a-looking,

    And my sense olfactory.



    VII (Facial)

    On the seventh nerve of the cranium,

    my true love gave to me:

    Seven funny faces,

    Six sideways glances,

    Mas-ti-ca-tion!

    Four; superior oblique,

    Three cross-eyed glances,

    Two eyes a-looking,

    And my sense olfactory.



    VIII (Vestibulocochlear)

    On the eighth nerve of the cranium,

    my true love gave to me:

    Eight sounds, and balance,

    Seven funny faces,

    Six sideways glances,

    Mas-ti-ca-tion!

    Four; superior oblique,

    Three cross-eyed glances,

    Two eyes a-looking,

    And my sense olfactory.



    IX (Glossopharyngeal)

    On the ninth nerve of the cranium,

    my true love gave to me:

    Nine quick swallows,

    Eight sounds, and balance,

    Seven funny faces,

    Six sideways glances,

    Mas-ti-ca-tion!

    Four; superior oblique,

    Three cross-eyed glances,

    Two eyes a-looking,

    And my sense olfactory.

    X (Vagus)

    On the tenth nerve, the vagus,

    my true love gave to me:

    Ten heart beats a minute,

    Nine quick swallows,

    Eight sounds, and balance,

    Seven funny faces,

    Six sideways glances,

    Mas-ti-ca-tion!

    Four; superior oblique,

    Three cross-eyed glances,

    Two eyes a-looking,

    And my sense olfactory.

    XI (Accessory)

    On the eleventh nerve of the cranium,

    my true love gave to me:

    Eleven heads a-tilting,

    Ten heart beats a minute,

    Nine quick swallows,

    Eight sounds, and balance,

    Seven funny faces,

    Six sideways glances,

    Mas-ti-ca-tion!

    Four; superior oblique,

    Three cross-eyed glances,

    Two eyes a-looking,

    And my sense olfactory.

    XII (Hypoglossal)

    On the twelfth nerve of the cranium,

    my true love gave to me:

    Twelve lovely lickings,

    Eleven headís a-bobbing,

    Ten - take it slowly,

    Nine, deep throating,

    Eight, hear her panting,

    Seven, smile with pleasure,

    Six look for condoms,

    Mas-ti-ca-tion! (Donít bite!)

    Four, look to heaven,

    Three, roll your eyes,

    Two (youíve seen it coming)

    Can have fun with a-na-to-my!
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    Today we dissected the sheep's brain and were trying to learn the cranial nerves, so I shared the X rated acronym with my lab partners (we're all females) and they were dying laughing. But I bet we'll all remember them hehe. I had to change it a bit because we use different names for a couple nerves but it's the same idea. I'm too embarrassed to post it on our class website so I'll post one of the tame ones there LOL! Thanks
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    Kim, I *love* that rhyme. It would be a lot of work to memorize, but I love that someone put all the time and trouble into creating it. Adorable!

    I got two versions of the cranial nerve mnemonic, one G-rated (the "very good velvet" one) and one x-rated (like some of the above, but using the f-word and incorportaing virgins). Our TA actually taught the latter to us.

    We also had a mnemonic for the general function of the nerves (*S*ensory, *M*otor or *B*oth):

    Some say marry money, but my brother says big brains matter more

    The x-rated version--more like PG-13--involved substituting various other body parts that beginning with *B* for "brains."
    Last edit by Pachinko on Dec 3, '04 : Reason: misspelling
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    this is very stupid (that's how i remembered it so well)

    "old ottis otter took tammy apples for very good vegetables and ham"
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    Hey! We just had our final quiz, and then our final will be in a week and a half. I memorized the nerves, numbers, order, but got fudged up on their purposes. Our instructor pursposefully asked us plenty of questions on the last 6 nerves. Just warning you to be carefull!! I'm trying to study a bit every day for the exam. My textbook has a great website with plenty of study tools for each chapter. Good luck, Jenny (new member)
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    Welcome Jenny!!!
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    Adult-themed, X-rated, and the only one that I have ever been able to remember...

    ...Oh Oh Oh To Take And F*** A Girl Virgin's A**, Hoorah!...

    (My instructor uses 'Auditory' instead of 'Vesibulocochlear')
    Last edit by nikonos on Dec 3, '04 : Reason: misspelled words


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