ophthalmic nerve

noun

Medical Definition of ophthalmic nerve

: the one of the three major branches or divisions of the trigeminal nerve that supply sensory fibers to the lacrimal gland, eyelids, ciliary muscle, nose, forehead, and adjoining parts

called also ophthalmic, ophthalmic division

— compare mandibular nerve, maxillary nerve

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“Ophthalmic nerve.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/ophthalmic%20nerve. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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