sciatic nerve


Definition of sciatic nerve

: either of the pair of largest nerves in the body that arise one on each side from the nerve plexus supplying the posterior limb and pelvic region and that pass out of the pelvis and down the back of the thigh

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Recent Examples on the Web Sciatica can cause back and leg pain and is due to compression on nerve roots or on the sciatic nerve which runs from the lower spine down the thigh. Fox News, "Pope Francis to skip New Year's Eve ceremonies due to back pain," 1 Jan. 2021 The pillow fights sciatic nerve pain and helps with pregnancy, hip, back and spine alignment. Mark Heim |, al, "Amazon still offering Labor Day sale prices on select items," 9 Sep. 2020 The increase in speed, though, caused the sciatic nerve running down her right hip to fire. August Cole, Wired, "AI, AR, and the (Somewhat) Speculative Future of a Tech-Fueled FBI," 5 June 2020 The first bullet damaged his small intestine and bladder, and the second one entered his buttocks and lodged near a sciatic nerve, his lawyers say. CBS News, "Chicago police release extended videos of officer shooting unarmed subway rider in the back," 28 Apr. 2020 Solomon spent the next month under the study of ultrasound technicians and surgical oncologists, who found an oblong tumor stuck to his sciatic nerve. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "The Visceral Satisfactions of a Disabled Photographer’s Gaze," 6 Feb. 2020 Money seriously damaged his kidneys and a sciatic nerve in his left leg, leading to mobility issues for the rest of his life. Scot Bertram, National Review, "Eddie Money, the Slightly Undersold Rock Artist," 23 Sep. 2019 Instead of a seat designed to waterboard your sciatic nerve, a reclining sleep pod and your own armrests. John Kelly, Washington Post, "If it’s Monday, this must be Luxembourg: Notes from my recent trip," 30 June 2019 The surgery will aim to fix whatever’s compressing your sciatic nerve and causing your unpleasant symptoms. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is the Number One Sign You Have Sciatica," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of sciatic nerve

1726, in the meaning defined above

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“Sciatic nerve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sciatic nerve

medical : a nerve that goes from the lower back down the back of the leg

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Medical Definition of sciatic nerve

: either of the pair of largest nerves in the body that arise one on each side from the sacral plexus and that pass out of the pelvis through the greater sciatic foramen and down the back of the thigh to its lower third where division into the tibial and common peroneal nerves occurs

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