abducens nerve

ab·​du·​cens nerve | \ ab-ˈdü-ˌsenz- How to pronounce abducens nerve (audio) , -ˈdyü- \

Definition of abducens nerve

: 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

First Known Use of abducens nerve

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Abducens nerve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abducens%20nerve. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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Medical Definition of abducens nerve

: 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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