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Related to abducent: abducent nerve, Abducens nucleus
(Physiology) (of a muscle) abducting
[C18: from Latin abdūcent-, abdūcens leading away, from abdūcere, from ab- away + dūcere to lead, carry]
ab•du•cent(æbˈdu sənt, -ˈdyu-)
drawing away, as by the action of a muscle; abducting.
[1705–15; < Latin abdūcent-, s. of abdūcēns, present participle of abducere. See abduct]
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|Noun||1.||abducent - 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
|Adj.||1.||abducent - especially of muscles; drawing away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part|
physiology - the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms