Mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve. (Masseteric visible near center.)
|Innervates||Masseter muscle, temporomandibular joint|
|Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy|
The masseteric nerve passes laterally, above the pterygoideus externus, in front of the temporomandibular articulation, and behind the tendon of the temporalis; it crosses the mandibular notch with the masseteric artery, to the deep surface of the masseter, in which it ramifies nearly as far as its anterior border.
It is a branch of the mandibular nerve (V3).
It gives a filament to the temporomandibular joint.
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