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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•du′cens nerve`æbˈdu sɛnz, -sənz, -ˈdyu-(n.)

  1. either one of the sixth pair of cranial nerves, composed of motor fibers that innervate the lateral rectus muscle of the eye.

    Category: Anatomy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abducent, abducent nerve, abducens, abducens nerve, nervus abducens, sixth cranial nerve(noun)

    a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eye


  1. abducens nerve(Noun)

    A nerve that controls the lateral rectus muscle, in the eye.


  1. Abducens nerve

    The abducens nerve or abducent nerve is a somatic efferent nerve that controls the movement of a single muscle, the lateral rectus muscle of the eye, in humans. In most other mammals it also innervates the musculus retractor bulbi, which can retract the eye for protection. Homologous abducens nerves are found in all vertebrates except lampreys and hagfishes. The human CN VI is derived from the basal plate of the embryonic pons.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Abducens Nerve

    The 6th cranial nerve. The abducens nerve originates in the abducens nucleus of the pons and sends motor fibers to the lateral rectus muscles of the eye. Damage to the nerve or its nucleus disrupts horizontal eye movement control.


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