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Running downward or toward the periphery.
[L. de-scendo, pp. -scensus, to come down, fr. scando, to climb]
1 the descending branch of the hypoglossal nerve.
2 the cervicalis nerve formed by branches of the second and third cervical nerves.
descendens(dē-sĕn′dĕns) [L. de, from, + scendere, to climb]
Descending; a descending structure.
A branch of the hypoglossal nerve occurring at the point at which the nerve curves around the occipital artery, which passes down obliquely across (sometimes within) the sheath of the carotid vessels to form a loop just below the middle of the neck with branches of the second and third cervical nerves.