Mylohyoid nerve

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Nerve: Mylohyoid nerve
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Mandibular division of the trifacial nerve. (Label for mylohyoid nerve is at bottom center.)
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Mandibular division of trifacial nerve, seen from the middle line. The small figure is an enlarged view of the otic ganglion. (Label "to mylohyoid" at bottom left.)
Latin nervus mylohyoideus
Gray's p.896
Innervates mylohyoid muscle, anterior belly of digastric muscle
From inferior alveolar nerve

The mylohyoid nerve (or nerve to mylohyoid) is a nerve that innervates the mylohyoid muscle and the anterior belly of the digastric muscle.

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The mylohyoid nerve branches from the inferior alveolar nerve (a branch of the mandibular nerve, the third part of the trigeminal nerve) just before it enters the mandibular foramen.

It descends in a groove on the deep surface of the ramus of the mandible, and reaching the under surface of the mylohyoid muscle, it supplies both the mylohyoid and the anterior belly of the digastric muscle.

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