from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the trigeminal nerves; trifacial.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to the trigeminal nerve (the fifth cranial nerve).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or designating, the fifth pair of cranial nerves, which divide on each side of the head into three main branches distributed to the orbits, jaws, and parts of the mouth; trifacial.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In anatomy and zoöl, triple, triune, or threefold: specifically noting the trifacial or fifth cranial nerve (which see, under trifacial). Also trigeminous.
- Of or pertaining to the trigeminal nerve: as, a trigeminal foramen.
- n. The trigeminal nerve; the trigeminus. See trifacial.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the main sensory nerve of the face and motor nerve for the muscles of mastication
Another painful condition that can affect the head and face is called trigeminal neuralgia TN; also called tic douloureux.
What we think now is that the migraine discharges irritate and cause firing in a nerve called the trigeminal nerve.
The trigeminal is a large nerve that comes directly from the brain and divides into three branches to cover the face.
It's called the trigeminal nerve, and that's the fifth nerve.
The team noted that clumps of nerve cells called trigeminal ganglia in pit vipers 'heads were larger and more complex than the corresponding cells in mammals.
They found that the sleep deprivation caused increased expression of proteins p38 and PKA, which help regulate sensory response in facial nerves thought to play a key role in migraines, known as the trigeminal nerves.
Many brain regions responded to top and bottom tooth pain - carried by signals from two distinct branches of a fiber called the trigeminal nerve - in the same way.
The fifth cranial nerve, called the trigeminal nerve, is apparently responsible for sneezes.
Dear Reader: Tic douloureux, more commonly known as trigeminal neuralgia, is a condition that causes sharp, lightning-like pain to shoot though the face.
The surgery is widely used now to treat certain brain conditions, such as a rare form of epilepsy and a condition called trigeminal neuralgia, where the patient experiences shooting pains in the face.