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 (ăb-do͞o′sənz, -dyo͞o′-)
n. pl. ab·du·cen·tes (ăb′do͞o-sĕn′tēz′, -dyo͞o-)
Either of the sixth pair of cranial nerves that convey motor impulses to the rectus muscle on the lateral side of each eye.

[From Latin abdūcēns, present participle of abdūcere, to take away; see abduct.]
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Noun1.abducens - a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eyeabducens - a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eye
cranial nerve - any of the 12 paired nerves that originate in the brain stem
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Gradenigo's syndrome is characterised by a classic triad of discharging ear, retro-orbital pain, abducens nerve paralysis causing diplopia.
Double vision (diplopia) related to ophthalmo-paresis or disordered eye movement occurs when cranial oculomotor (III), trochlear (IV), and abducens (VI) nerves are damaged by granulomatous inflammation.
Orbital apex syndrome (OAS) has been described as a syndrome involving damage to the oculomotor nerve (CN3), trochlear nerve (CN4), ophthalmic branch of the trigeminal nerve (CN5) and abducens nerve (CN6) in association with optic nerve dysfunction.
Moebius syndrome (MS; %157900), also known as Moebius sequence, is a nonprogressive disease characterized by congenital facial and abducens nerve paralysis and is included in the group of congenital cranial dysinnervation disorders (CCDD).
Diabetic abducens nerve palsy main symptoms include ocular motility disorders and diplopia.
Caption: FIGURE 1: Chemosis and Abducens Nerve (CN VI) Palsy.
Augmented Hummelsheim procedure to treat complete abducens nerve palsy.
It may mimic bilateral and sometimes unilateral nervus abducens paresis.
Movement of third eyelid across eye occurs in response to globe retraction caused by action retractor bulbi, innervated by abducens nerve (Mitchell, 2012).
Ophthalmoparesis ensues when granulomatous inflammation in the cavernous sinus extends to oculomotor, trochlear, and abducens cranial nerves, whereas paresthesia of the forehead occurs with involvement of the superior division of the trigeminal nerve.