Facial nerve branches (mnemonic)

Last revised by Dr Henry Knipe on 16 May 2019

There are many mnemonics to recall the branches of the facial nerve (superior to inferior) as they exit the anterior border of the parotid gland. Examples include:

  • Tall Zulus Bear Many Children
  • Two Zebras Bit My Coccyx
  • Ten Zebras Buggered My Car
  • To Zanzibar By Motor Car
  • Two Zombies Buggered My Cat


  • T: temporal
  • Z: zygomatic
  • B: buccal
  • M: mandibular
  • C: cervical

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: superfical branches
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