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What is the Facial Nerve ?

The facial nerve is the seventh cranial nerve and carries the nerve fibers that control facial movement and expression. The facial nerve also carries the nerves involved in taste to the anterior 2/3 of the tongue and produces tears (the lacrimal gland). It has small branches involved in dampening our sensitivity to volume of noise (the stapedius muscle) and many other muscles not involved in routine facial expressions.

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