Inferior tympanic artery

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Artery: Inferior tympanic artery
Ascending pharyngeal.PNG
Superficial dissection of the right side of the neck, showing the carotid and subclavian arteries
Latin Arteria tympanica inferior
Gray's p.557
Source Ascending pharyngeal artery

The inferior tympanic artery is a small branch of the ascending pharyngeal artery.

It is a small branch which passes through a minute foramen in the petrous portion of the temporal bone which is called tympanic canaliculus or inferior tympanic canaliculus, in company with the tympanic branch of the glossopharyngeal nerve, to supply the medial wall of the tympanic cavity and anastomose with the other tympanic arteries.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.