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Medical Term:

recurrent laryngeal nerve


a branch of the vagus nerve curving upward, on the right side around the root of the subclavian artery, on the left side around the arch of the aorta, then passing superiorly, posterior to the common carotid artery between the trachea and the esophagus to the larynx; it supplies cardiac, tracheal, and esophageal branches and terminates as the inferior laryngeal nerve.

Synonym(s): nervus laryngeus recurrensTA, recurrent nerve

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