trigeminal

adjective
tri·gem·i·nal | \ trī-ˈje-mə-nᵊl \

Definition of trigeminal 

: of or relating to the trigeminal nerve

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With oral herpes, HSV-1 hangs out in the trigeminal ganglion, a nerve cluster in your skull. Becky Little, Smithsonian, "Can We Gene-Edit Herpes Away?," 23 Mar. 2018 Idiopathic trigeminal neuritis is the technical diagnosis. Dawn Filos, Philly.com, "Medical Mystery: What caused dog to have trouble closing his jaw, drinking water?," 15 Dec. 2017 Bode had trigeminal neuritis, which the neurologist on staff confirmed. Dawn Filos, Philly.com, "Medical Mystery: What caused dog to have trouble closing his jaw, drinking water?," 15 Dec. 2017 Nerves from the head, face, neck and mouth converge onto the brainstem in an area called the trigeminal cervical complex, or the TCC. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "What’s the Best Cure for Brain Freeze?," 25 Sep. 2017 People suffering from three medical conditions — hydrocephalus, migraines and trigeminal neuralgia — may be able to use medical marijuana under a plan expected to win approval from the Department of Consumer Protection. Dylan Mcguinness, courant.com, "State May Add Three More Conditions For Medical Marijuana," 9 June 2017 Much of the book details Andrew’s hellish 10-year struggle with trigeminal neuralgia, an entangled facial nerve that causes excruciating pain. John Kelly, Washington Post, "D.C. loved Gifford’s ice cream, but for Andrew Gifford, it left a bitter aftertaste," 23 May 2017 This would have housed branches of the large trigeminal nerve – which is responsible for sensation in the face – and associated blood vessels. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Maybe This Presidency Is Not Unprecedented," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of trigeminal

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trigeminal

New Latin trigeminus trigeminal nerve, from Latin, threefold, from tri- + geminus twin

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More Definitions for trigeminal

trigeminal

adjective
tri·gem·i·nal | \ trī-ˈjem-ən-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of trigeminal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the trigeminal nerve

trigeminal

noun

Medical Definition of trigeminal (Entry 2 of 2)

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