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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Cranial osteopathy focused on the sphenobasilar joint and the most likely places for intracranial entrapment neuropathy of oculomotor, trochlearis, and abducens nerves, which regulate intra- and extraocular muscles.
The cavernous sinus lies laterally containing the internal carotid artery, the occulomotor, trochlear and abducens nerves, and branches of the trigeminal nerve.
2,7,14,15) In adults, however, selective palsies of the oculomotor and abducens nerves are each encountered in between 30-45% of cases, at least twice as frequently as those involving just the trochlear nerve, (2,3,6,8-13) strongly suggesting that the 3rd and 6th nerves are more likely to be affected by conditions acquired later in life.