sural nerve

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su·ral nerve

[TA]
formed by the union of the medial sural cutaneous from the tibial and the peroneal communicating branch of the common peroneal nerve, usually about the middle of the calf, although this is highly variable; thence it accompanies the small saphenous vein around the lateral malleolus to the dorsum of the foot as the lateral dorsal cutaneous nerve.

sural nerve

a nerve that originates high in the leg between the two heads of the gastrocnemius muscle and supplies skin on the lower posterolateral surface of the leg and the lateral side of the foot and little toe.

su·ral nerve

(sūr'ăl nĕrv) [TA]
Formed by the union of the medial sural cutaneous from the tibial and the peroneal communicating branch of the common peroneal nerve, usually about the middle of the calf, although this is highly variable; thence it accompanies the small saphenous vein around the lateral malleolus to the dorsum of the foot as the lateral dorsal cutaneous nerve.
Synonym(s): nervus suralis [TA] .

sural nerve

; lateral cutaneous nerve a terminal branch of the sciatic nerve; separates from main trunk in the popliteal fossa; subserves skin sensation at lateral side of lower part of leg, lateral malleolus and lateral aspect of foot distal to heel; palpable within superficial tissues immediately posterior to lateral malleolus (see injection)