abducent nerve

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abducent nerve   (āb-d'sənt)  Pronunciation Key 
The sixth cranial nerve, one of a pair of small motor nerves supplying the eye muscles that control lateral movement. It originates in the pons of the brain, passes through a large venous space known as the cavernous sinus, and enters the orbit of the eye.
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