abducens nerve

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abducens nerve

(æbˈdjuːsənz) or

abducent nerve

n
(Anatomy) either of the sixth pair of cranial nerves, which supply the lateral rectus muscle of the eye

ab•du′cens nerve`

(æbˈdu sɛnz, -sənz, -ˈdyu-)
n.
either one of the sixth pair of cranial nerves, composed of motor fibers that innervate the lateral rectus muscle of the eye.
[1900–05]
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Noun1.abducens nerve - a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eyeabducens nerve - 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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The cause of limited eye movement should be assessed with care, as it may have been caused by the presence of a foreign body, trauma to the oculomotor, trochlear and abducent nerves or muscle impingement in fractured bones in the orbital walls.
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