Zygomaticotemporal nerve

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Zygomaticotemporal nerve
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Distribution of the maxillary and mandibular nerves and the submaxillary ganglion
Details
Latin Ramus zygomaticotemporalis nervi zygomatici
From
Maxillary nerve
Identifiers
Gray's p.889
Dorlands
/Elsevier
r_02/12692562
TA A14.2.01.057
FMA 52972
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The zygomaticotemporal nerve or zygomaticotemporal branch (temporal branch) is a small nerve in the face. It is derived from the maxillary nerve, a branch of the trigeminal nerve. It runs along the lateral wall of the orbit in a groove in the zygomatic bone, receives a branch of communication from the lacrimal nerve, and passes through the zygomaticotemporal foramen in the zygomatic bone to enter the temporal fossa.

It ascends between the bone and the substance of the temporalis muscle, pierces the temporal fascia about 2.5 cm. above the zygomatic arch, and is distributed to the skin of the side of the forehead, and communicates with the facial nerve and with the auriculotemporal branch of the mandibular nerve.

As it pierces the temporal fascia, it gives off a slender twig, which runs between the two layers of the fascia to the lateral angle of the orbit.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.

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