Superficial temporal vein

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Superficial temporal vein
Veins of the head and neck. ("Sup. Temp." labeled at center, anterior to the ear.)
Bloodvessels of the eyelids, front view. (13, at left, is branch of the superficial temporal vein.)
Drains from temple, scalp
Drains to retromandibular vein
Artery superficial temporal artery
Latin venae temporales superficiales
TA A12.3.05.032
FMA 70849
Anatomical terminology

The superficial temporal vein is a vein of the side of the head.


It begins on the side and vertex of the skull in a plexus which communicates with the frontal vein and supraorbital vein, with the corresponding vein of the opposite side, and with the posterior auricular vein and occipital vein.

From this network frontal and parietal branches arise, and unite above the zygomatic arch to form the trunk of the vein, which is joined by the middle temporal vein emerging from the temporalis muscle.

It then crosses the posterior root of the zygomatic arch, enters the substance of the parotid gland, and unites with the internal maxillary vein to form the posterior facial vein.


The superficial temporal vein receives in its course the following:

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

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