Definition of abducens nerve in English:

abducens nerve


  • Each of the sixth pair of cranial nerves, supplying the muscles concerned with the lateral movement of the eyeballs.

    • ‘Branches emanating from a small ganglion connected to the nasal nerve have been followed to the oculomotor and abducens nerves.’
    • ‘Particular attention should be given to detecting problems related to the optic, oculomotor, trochlear and abducens nerves.’
    • ‘The trigeminal nerve leaves the lateral surface of the pons, and the abducens nerve leaves the ventral surface of the pons.’
    • ‘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.’


Early 19th century: abducens ( modern Latin, ‘leading away’), from the Latin verb abducere.


abducens nerve

/abˈdjuːs(ə)nz ˌnəːv//abˈdʒuːs(ə)nz ˌnəːv/