One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of the sixth pair of cranial nerves, supplying the muscles concerned with the lateral movement of the eyeballs.
- ‘The trigeminal nerve leaves the lateral surface of the pons, and the abducens nerve leaves the ventral surface of the pons.’
- ‘Particular attention should be given to detecting problems related to the optic, oculomotor, trochlear and abducens nerves.’
- ‘Branches of the ganglion have been described passing to the abducens nerve, ciliary ganglion, or optic nerve.’
- ‘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).’
Early 19th century: abducens ( modern Latin, ‘leading away’), from the Latin verb abducere.
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