trochlear

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trochlear either of the two cranial nerves on either side that control the superior oblique muscles of the eyes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Trochlear (Anat) Shaped like, or resembling, a pulley; pertaining to, or connected with, a trochlea; as, a trochlear articular surface; the trochlear muscle of the eye.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • trochlear Pulley-like; forming a loop that acts like a pulley for a tendon to run through, or affording a surface like that of a pulley, upon which a bone may ride hack and forth. See trochlea.
    • trochlear In botany, circular, compressed, and contracted in the middle of its circumference, so as to resemble a pulley, as the embryo of Commelina communis. Also trochleate.
    • trochlear Pertaining to or connected with a trochlea: as, a trochlear muscle or nerve; trochlear movements.
    • n trochlear A trochlear muscle or nerve; a trochlearis. Also trochleary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Trochlear shaped like a pulley
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. trochlea, block or pulley
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. trochlea—Gr. trochalia, a pulley.

Usage

In literature:

The outer trochlear rim being the smaller of the two, inward luxation does not occur in the horse.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
The epi-trochlear gland is sometimes enlarged in syphilis.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
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