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Optic Nerve

"Optic Nerve" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

The 2nd cranial nerve. The optic nerve conveys visual information from the retina to the brain. The nerve carries the axons of the retinal ganglion cells which sort at the optic chiasm and continue via the optic tracts to the brain. The largest projection is to the lateral geniculate nuclei; other important targets include the superior colliculi and the suprachiasmatic nuclei. Though known as the second cranial nerve, it is considered part of the central nervous system.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Optic Nerve" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Optic Nerve" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 272 publications over 31 distinct years, with a maximum of 18 publications in 2013
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