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Nerve: Deep temporal nerves
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Mandibular division of the trifacial nerve.
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Latin nervi temporales profundi
Gray's subject #200 895
Innervates
From mandibular nerve
To
MeSH [1]

The deep temporal nerves are two in number, anterior and posterior. They pass above the upper border of the pterygoideus externus and enter the deep surface of the Temporalis.

  • The posterior branch, of small size, is placed at the back of the temporal fossa, and sometimes arises in common with the masseteric nerve.
  • The anterior branch is frequently given off from the buccinator nerve, and then turns upward over the upper head of the Pterygoideus externus.
  • Frequently a third or intermediate branch is present.

See also[]

  • Deep temporal arteries

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