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sciatic nerve


Definitions from WordNet

Noun sciatic nerve has 1 sense
  1. sciatic nerve, nervus ischiadicus - arises from the sacral plexus and passes about halfway down the thigh where it divides into the common peroneal and tibial nerves
    --1 is a kind of nerve, nervus
    --1 is a part of leg

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Sciatic Nerve


The sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest nerve in the human body. It originates in the lower back and extends down through each leg. It is responsible for providing sensory and motor functions to the lower extremities.


Sense 1: Anatomy

In anatomy, the sciatic nerve is a major nerve that provides innervation to the muscles of the thigh, leg, and foot. It is formed by the combination of several spinal nerves and emerges from the pelvis through the sciatic notch.

Sample Sentence: The injury to his lower back caused severe pain along the distribution of the sciatic nerve down his right leg.

Sense 2: Medical

In medical terms, sciatic nerve refers to the condition called sciatica, which is characterized by pain, tingling, and numbness along the pathway of the nerve. It is often caused by herniated discs or pressure on the nerve roots.

Sample Sentence: The doctor prescribed physical therapy and pain medication to alleviate the patient's chronic sciatic nerve pain.

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