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1. pertaining to a trochlea.
2. pertaining to the fourth cranial nerve (trochlear nerve).
trochlear nerve the fourth cranial nerve; it supplies muscle sense and the impulse for movement to the superior oblique muscle of the eyeball. See anatomic Table of Nerves in the Appendices.
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Either of the fourth pair of cranial nerves that originates in the midbrain and innervates a muscle of the eyeball.
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trochlear nerveThe 4th of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves. The trochlear nerve supplies one of the muscles that moves the eye-the superior oblique muscle. Contraction of this muscle turns the eye downwards and outwards.
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trochlear nervethe fourth cranial nerve on vertebrates, which innervates the superior oblique muscles of the eye.
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