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long thoracic nerve

long thoracic nerve in Medicine

long thoracic nerve n.
A nerve that arises from the fifth, sixth, and seventh cervical nerves, descends the neck behind the brachial plexus, and is distributed to the anterior serratus muscle.

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  • The long thoracic nerve (nerve of Bell), which supplies the serratus anterior, is rarely injured.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The long thoracic nerve may be cut across while clearing out the axilla in operating for cancer of the breast.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

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