sciatic nerve

January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1955
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A definition of the term "sciatic nerve" is presented. It refers to the largest nerve in the body, arising from the sacral plexus on either side, passing from the pelvis through the greater sciatic foramen, and down the back of the thigh. In the thigh, it divides into the tibial and peroneal nerves. Lesions may cause anesthesia in cutaneous distribution.


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