Abducens meaning

ăb-do͝osənz, -dyo͝o-
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Either of the sixth pair of cranial nerves that convey motor impulses to the rectus muscle on the lateral side of each eye.
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Either of the sixth pair of cranial nerves that convey motor impulses to the rectus muscle on the lateral side of each eye.
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(anatomy) The abducens nerve: the nerve in humans and most animals that governs the motion of the lateral rectus muscle of the eye. [Early 19th century.]
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Origin of abducens

  • From Latin abdūcēns present participle of abdūcere to take away abduct

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortening of "abducens nerve", in turn from Latin nervus abducens, from abducent, abducens

    From Wiktionary