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 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 Your sciatic nerve has a few important jobs, such as commanding the muscles in the back of your knees and lower legs, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is the Number One Sign You Have Sciatica," 29 Aug. 2018 Your sciatic nerve branches from your lower back into your hip and leg on each side of your body, according to the Mayo Clinic. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "6 Things That Could Be Causing Your Lower Back Pain, Based on How It Feels," 28 Mar. 2018 Also, Papa is a font of information about the sciatic nerve! William Lee,, "'The Chi' recap Episode 9: In Tracy and Quentin, some dark histories show their faces," 12 Mar. 2018 The lawsuit alleges that the doctor injected too much fat into her gluteal muscles, which put pressure on her sciatic nerve. Joy Johnston, ajc, "Lawsuit: Woman claims Brazilian butt lift left her paralyzed," 18 Nov. 2017

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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 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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