optic nerve

Pronunciation: (OP-tik nerv)

The nerve that carries messages from the retina to the brain.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Anatomy of the eye, showing the outside and inside of the eye including the eyelid, pupil, sclera, iris, cornea, lens, ciliary body, retina, choroid, vitreous humor, and optic nerve.

Caption: Anatomy of the inside of the brain, showing the pineal and pituitary glands, optic nerve, ventricles (with cerebrospinal fluid shown in blue), and other parts of the brain.

Date last modified: 2010-10-21