ab·du·cens (ăb-dsənz, -dy-)
n. pl. ab·du·cen·tes (ăb′d-sĕntēz′, -dy-)
Either of the sixth pair of cranial nerves that convey motor impulses to the rectus muscle on the lateral side of each eye.
[From Latin abdūcēns, present participle of abdūcere, to take away; see ABDUCT.]
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