Sensory And Motor Cranial Nerve Mnemonic For Nurses Medical Students and Doctors

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There are three modalities of cranial nerves. One of them is sensory, another is motor while the third one is mixed one. So among the 12 cranial nerves, it is must and basics to learn about the functional modalities of cranial nerve. So differentiating between sensory and motor is ought to learn for all of medico students. Some of them are mixed one and should be considered in mind.

Here the mnemonics come into play, so that this knowledge will retain in your mind. Three of the nerves are sensory nerves. Five are motor cranial nerves. While four cranial nerves are mixed ones.

No. of Sensory Cranial Nerve: 3

No. of Motor Cranial Nerve: 5

No. of Both Cranial Nerve: 4

So now I would be coming to a mnemonic that will make it easy for you to make easy memory.

Cranial Nerve Modalities Mnemonics

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

another mnemonic can be

  • Some say my mother bought my brother some bad beer, my, my

This mnemonic should be on fingertips of every medical student. This can be useful in any exam or ward test.

  • Some : S : 1st Cranial Nerve
  • Say : S : 2nd Cranial Nerve
  • Marry : M : 3rd Cranial Nerve
  • Money : M : 4th Cranial Nerve
  • But : B : 5th Cranial Nerve
  • My : M : 6th Cranial Nerve
  • Brother : B : 7th Cranial Nerve
  • Says : S : 8th Cranial Nerve
  • Big : B : 9th Cranial Nerve
  • Brains : B :  10th Cranial Nerve
  • Matter: M :  11th Cranial Nerve
  • More : M : 12th Cranial Nerve

Putting them into a nutshell I will sort it out for your easiness.

Cranial Nerves Differentiating Sensory Motor and Mixed

Now considering the cranial nerve mnemonic in mind, lets break down it for you.

  1. Sensory Nerves: 1st, 2nd and 8th
  2. Motor Nerves: 3rd, 4th, 6th, 11th and 12th.
  3. Mixed Nerves: 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th.

Further Break down of cranial nerve mnemonic, along with names of cranial nerves are listed here.

Olfactory, Optic and Vestibulocochlear Nerves are purely Sensory cranial nerves.

Oculomotor, Trochlear, Abducens, Accessory and Hypoglossal Nerves are Purely Motor.

Trigeminal, Facial, Glossopharyngeal and Vagus cranial nerves are Mixed.


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