somatic nerve


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so·mat·ic nerve

one of the nerves of parietal sensation or voluntary motion, as distinguished from the visceral sensory, involuntary motor, and secretory nerves.

so·mat·ic nerve

(sō-mat'ik nĕrv)
One of the nerves of parietal sensation or voluntary motion, as distinguished from the visceral sensory, involuntary motor, and secretory nerves.

somatic nerve

A peripheral nerve that contains axons of the dorsal root ganglia or the cranial ganglia (i.e., somatic sensory nerves) or axons of the ventral horn or cranial nuclei motor neurons (i.e., somatic motor nerves). Somatic nerves innervate skin, skeletal muscles, and joints.
See also: nerve
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Nerves in the body may be broadly divided into those that supply muscles and sensation in the limbs - "somatic nerves", and the "autonomic" nervous system when nerves supply bodily organs such as the heart, lungs and liver.
Laparoscopic nerve-sparing transperitoneal approach for endometriosis infiltrating the pelvic wall and somatic nerves: anatomical considerations and surgical technique.
Despite numerous studies of neurodegenerative processes occurring in somatic nerves in case of damage, the mechanisms of their development remain poorly understood [1].