Buccal artery

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Buccal artery
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Branches of the maxillary artery
Plan of branches of maxillary artery
SourceMaxillary artery (2nd part)
Branches7th and 8th posterior intercostal arteries
SuppliesCheek and buccinator muscle
LatinArteria buccalis, arteria buccinatoria
Anatomical terminology

The buccal artery (buccinator artery) is a small artery in the head. It branches off the second part of the maxillary artery and supplies the cheek and buccinator muscle.


It runs obliquely forward, between the pterygoideus internus and the insertion of the temporalis, to the outer surface of the buccinator, to which it is distributed, anastomosing with branches of the facial artery and with the infraorbital. From the infraorbital area, it descends bilaterally in the superficial face along the lateral margin of the nose, then running anti-parallel to the facial artery across the lateral oral region.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 561 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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