Each of the sixth pair of cranial nerves, supplying the muscles concerned with the lateral movement of the eyeballs.
- ‘Particular attention should be given to detecting problems related to the optic, oculomotor, trochlear and abducens nerves.’
- ‘Branches emanating from a small ganglion connected to the nasal nerve have been followed to the oculomotor and abducens nerves.’
- ‘On either side of the dorsum sellae is a notch for the passage of the abducens nerve (cranial nerve VI).’
- ‘Branches of the ganglion have been described passing to the abducens nerve, ciliary ganglion, or optic nerve.’
- ‘The trigeminal nerve leaves the lateral surface of the pons, and the abducens nerve leaves the ventral surface of the pons.’
Early 19th century abducens (modern Latin, ‘leading away’), from the Latin verb abducere.
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