Definitions for abducentæbˈdu sənt, -ˈdyu-
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ab•du•centæbˈdu sənt, -ˈdyu-(adj.)
drawing away, as by the action of a muscle; abducting.
Origin of abducent:
1705–15; < L abdūcent-, s. of abdūcēns, prp. of abducere. See abduct
abducent, abducent nerve, abducens, abducens nerve, nervus abducens, sixth cranial nerve(adj)
a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eye
especially of muscles; drawing away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part
That which abducts; an abducens.
Drawing away from the median axis of the body, as a muscle; abducting
Origin: * First attested in 1713.