abducens nerves


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abducens nerves

The sixth of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves. Each abducens nerve supplies the tiny muscle on the outer side of the eye that moves the eye outwards (the lateral rectus muscle). Paralysis of the abducens nerve causes a slight convergent squint with no outward movement of the eye beyond the central position. Also known as abducent nerve.
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Once the fibers reach the cavernous sinus, they travel with the abducens nerve before joining the ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve and entering the orbit with its nasociliary branch.