Masseteric nerve

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Masseteric nerve
Mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve. (Masseteric visible near center.)
From mandibular nerve
Innervates Masseter muscle, temporomandibular joint
Latin nervus massetericus
TA A14.2.01.070
FMA 53103
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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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)