Definition of abducens nerve in English:

abducens nerve

Line breaks: ab|du¦cens nerve
Pronunciation: /abˈdjuːs(ə)nz


  • Each of the sixth pair of cranial nerves, supplying the muscles concerned with the lateral movement of the eyeballs.
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    • 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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