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  1. Anatomy. of, relating to, or connected with a trochlea.
  2. Physiology, Anatomy. functioning like a pulley; pulleylike.
  3. Botany. circular and contracted in the middle so as to resemble a pulley.
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  1. trochlear nerve.
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Origin of trochlear

First recorded in 1675–85; trochle(a) + -ar1
Related formssub·troch·le·ar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for trochlear

Historical Examples of trochlear

  • It is sometimes associated with fracture of the edge of the trochlear surface, which renders retention in position difficult.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition.

    Alexander Miles

  • Is there anatomical evidence that the ganglia of origin of the oculomotor and trochlear nerves represent many ganglia?

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

  • It is often found between the patella and the trochlear surface of the femur in tuberculous disease of the knee.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

  • The trochlear nerve is located posterodorsal to the optic tract, and separated from the latter by connective tissue.

trochlear in Medicine


  1. Of, resembling, or situated near a trochlea.
  2. Of or relating to the trochlear nerve.
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