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What is the best mnemonic to memorize the 12 cranial nerves. The nerve names are as listed below:

  1. Olfactory (Smell)
  2. Optic (Sight)
  3. Oculomotor (Moves eyelid and eyeball and adjusts the pupil and lens of the eye)
  4. Trochlear (Moves eyeballs)
  5. Trigeminal (Facial muscles incl. chewing; Facial sensations)
  6. Abducens (Moves eyeballs)
  7. Facial (Taste, tears, saliva, facial expressions)
  8. Vestibulocochlear (Auditory)
  9. Glossopharyngeal (Swallowing, saliva, taste)
  10. Vagus (Control of PNS e.g. smooth muscles of GI tract)
  11. Accessory (Moving head & shoulders, swallowing)
  12. Hypoglossal (Tongue muscles - speech & swallowing)

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