median nerve

noun

: a nerve that arises by two roots from the brachial plexus and passes down the middle of the front of the arm

Examples of median nerve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the median nerve is compressed in the carpal tunnel—a narrow passageway from the wrist to the hand that's made of tendons, ligaments, and bones—symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can develop and, over time, become chronic. Scott Sundick, Verywell Health, 3 June 2024 For some people, this excess fluid puts pressure on the median nerve in the wrist, causing carpal tunnel syndrome. ​wendy Wisner, Parents, 3 July 2024 The median nerve, which starts at the shoulder and extends down to the tips of the fingers, is one of the major nerves of the upper extremities. Scott Sundick, Verywell Health, 3 June 2024 The procedure involves cutting a ligament in the hand to ease pressure on the median nerve. Scott Sundick, Verywell Health, 3 June 2024 Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when pressure on the median nerve builds up. Benjamin Plackett, Discover Magazine, 27 Jan. 2024 How To Diagnose Carpal Tunnel? Carpal tunnel diagnosis may include physical tests such as the flick sign, Phalen maneuver, and median nerve compression test. Benjamin Plackett, Discover Magazine, 27 Jan. 2024 Wearing a brace at night may help keep your wrist in a neutral position and reduce pressure on the median nerve. Lindsay Modglin, Health, 28 Mar. 2023 Is Denzel Washington’s median nerve move in 'Equalizer 3' really lethal? Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of median nerve was in 1807

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“Median nerve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/median%20nerve. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

median nerve

noun
: a nerve that arises by two roots from the brachial plexus and passes down the middle of the front of the arm

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