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Anatomy and Zoology. Designating the abducens nerve; of or relating to this nerve.
Anatomy and Zoology. Originally: †an abductor muscle, especially the lateral rectus muscle of the eye (obsolete). In later use: the abducens nerve.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin abducent-, abducens, specific uses of classical Latin abdūcent-, abdūcēns, present participle of abdūcere abduct.
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