trigeminal

[trahy-jem-uh-nl]Anatomy
noun
  1. Also called trigeminal nerve. either one of the fifth pair of cranial nerves, consisting of motor fibers that innervate the muscles of mastication, and of sensory fibers that conduct impulses from the head and face to the brain.

Origin of trigeminal

1820–30; < New Latin trigemin(us) (Latin: triple, equivalent to tri- tri- + geminus twin, double) + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for trigeminal

trigeminal

adjective
  1. anatomy of or relating to the trigeminal nerve

Word Origin for trigeminal

C19: from Latin trigeminus triplet, from tri- + geminus twin
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Word Origin and History for trigeminal
adj.

1830, from Latin trigeminus "born in threes;" see tri- + geminate.

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trigeminal in Medicine

trigeminal

[trī-jĕmə-nəl]
adj.
  1. Of or relating to the trigeminal nerves.
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