Maxillary veins

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Internal maxillary vein
Veins of the head and neck. (Internal maxillary vein visible at center.)
Lateral head anatomy detail.jpg
Lateral head anatomy detail
Latin venae maxillares
Drains to
retromandibular vein
maxillary artery
Gray's p.646
TA A12.3.05.035
FMA 70850
Anatomical terminology

The maxillary veins (internal maxillary vein in older sources) consist of a short trunk which accompanies the first part of the internal maxillary artery.

It is formed by a confluence of the veins of the pterygoid plexus, and passes backward between the sphenomandibular ligament and the neck of the mandible, and unites with the superficial temporal vein to form the retromandibular vein.

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