Mnemonic for 12 cranial nerves and their types.

We know that there are 12 pairs of cranial nerves which originate from the brain and brainstem. Remembering the names of these cranial nerves is easily mastered but it is difficult to remember their type ie whether they are Sensory nerves, motor nerves or mixed nerves.

The 12 cranial nerves are

  1. Olfactory
  2. Optic
  3. Oculomotor
  4. Trochlear
  5. Trigeminal
  6. Abducens
  7. Facial
  8. Auditory/Vestibulocochlear
  9. Glossopharyngeal
  10. Vagus
  11. Spinal Accessory
  12. Hypoglossal

A simple mnemonic will help you to remember the types of cranial nerves.

Mnemonic for the 12 cranial nerves

Some Say More Money But My Brother Says Big Books Matter More

S Represents sensory nerves, M represents Motor and B -represents Both/Mixed nerves.

So the Cranial nerves and their types become.

  1. Olfactory – Some -Sensory
  2. Optic- Say- Sensory
  3. Oculomotor- More- Motor
  4. Trochlear- Money- Motor
  5. Trigeminal- But – Mixed
  6. Abducens- My- Motor
  7. Facial- Brother- Mixed
  8. Auditory/Vestibulocochlear- Says- Sensory
  9. Glossopharyngeal- Big- Mixed
  10. Vagus- Books- Mixed
  11. Spinal Accessory- Matter- Motor
  12. Hypoglossal- More- Motor

Two other mnemonics for the 12 cranial nerves are

On old Olympus’ towering top a Finn and German viewed some hops
Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, to touch and feel very good velvet,Such heaven

It is better to choose any one of these mnemonics, the one which sticks to your mind at the first go and revise it often so that it stays with you for life.Go through the comments section, to get some sticky mnemonics for the 12 cranial nerves!

Learn the exit routes of cranial nerves with the picture given below.


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  1. 😛 science is very importent in our life……

  2. apparently so is spelling

  3. trigemial is wrong

  4. great resource thanks!

  5. Thanks help me

  6. The mnemonic for the names of the nerves is On Old Olympus Towering Top A Fin And German Vault And Hop

  7. Or when I learned the mnemonic 100 years or so ago, it was “On Old Olympus Towering Top, a Finn and German Viewed some Hops”. I like your way, as well, Marcia.

  8. Thanks for this great information…..

  9. Way back in the day, we used this one: Some Say Marry Money But My Brother Says Big B–Bs Matter More!

  10. Oh Oh Oh Topless Tiffany And Fat Vicky Got Vaginitis And Herpes.

  11. Oh Oh Oh to touch and feel a guys valuables and hips !! was my mnemonic and I still remember all 12 cranial nerves at age 54 and many years out of school !!

  12. Amazing…too gooooooooooood tooooooooooooooooo belllliiieevvee

  13. Dr Mrs Snehalata Pawar

    On occasion of the teaparty,attractive faces are girl visitors saying hi! This mnemonic was told to us by our 12th std Biology teacher…Pawar Janaki madam.

  14. On Occasion Of Treats, The Attractive Faces Are girl Visitors, Say Hello!

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