Definition of abducens nerve in English:

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abducens nerve

Pronunciation: /abˈdʒuːs(ə)nz ˌnəːv/ Pronunciation: /abˈdjuːs(ə)nz ˌnəːv/


Each of the sixth pair of cranial nerves, supplying the muscles concerned with the lateral movement of the eyeballs.
Example sentences
  • Particular attention should be given to detecting problems related to the optic, oculomotor, trochlear and abducens nerves.
  • Branches emanating from a small ganglion connected to the nasal nerve have been followed to the oculomotor and abducens nerves.
  • On either side of the dorsum sellae is a notch for the passage of the abducens nerve (cranial nerve VI).


Early 19th century: abducens (modern Latin, 'leading away'), from the Latin verb abducere.

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