oblique muscle

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A muscle attached at an oblique angle to the structure that it controls, especially two of the extra-ocular muscles that are attached externally to each eyeball and that roll the eyeball about the visual axis, namely the superior oblique muscle that passes through an eyelet above the eyeball and works like a pulley and the inferior oblique muscle that is wrapped at an angle round the bottom of the eyeball. See also cyclophoria, diplopia, rectus muscle, trochlear nerve.

Subjects: Psychology.

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