abducens nerve

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noun ab·du·cens nerve \ab-ˈdü-ˌsenz-, -ˈdyü-\

Definition of abducens nerve

  1. :  either of the sixth pair of cranial nerves that are motor nerves supplying the rectus on the outer and lateral side of each eye —called also abducens

Origin and Etymology of abducens nerve

borrowed from New Latin (nervus) abdūcens, literally, “(nerve) pulling away,” in reference to the abducting function of the muscle that the nerve controls; Medieval Latin abdūcens, present participle of abdūcere “to draw (a limb) away from the body” — more at abduct


First Known Use: 1947


Medical Dictionary

abducens nerve

noun ab·du·cens nerve

Medical Definition of abducens nerve

  1. :  either of the sixth pair of cranial nerves which are motor nerves, arise beneath the floor of the fourth ventricle, and supply the lateral rectus muscle of each eye—called also abducent nerve, sixth cranial nerve


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