The meningeal branch of the mandibular nerve (recurrent branch, nervus spinosus) is a branch of the mandibular nerve that supplies the dura mater.
It enters the skull through the foramen spinosum with the middle meningeal artery.
It divides into two branches, anterior and posterior, which accompany the main divisions of the artery and supply the dura mater:
- The posterior branch also supplies the mucous lining of the mastoid cells.
This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.