Rhymes to Remember Cranial Nerves
©2008 By Kathy Quan RN BSN
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There are several mnemonics or rhymes to help remember the 12 cranial nerves. Many are somewhat risqué. Here's
a clean one.
"On Old Olympus Towering Tops A Finn and German Viewed Some Hops." The author is unknown.
Another one is:
"Oh Once One Takes The Anatomy Final Very Good Vacations Are Heavenly." The author is also unknown. This uses
some of the alternative names for the nerves.
The 12 Cranial Nerves are:
VIII. Acoustic (also known as Auditory, Statoacoustic or Vestibulocochlear)
XI. Spinal Accessory (also known as Accessory)
Do you know the function of each cranial nerve?