Masseteric nerve

Last revised by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking on 02 Aug 2021

The masseteric nerve or nerve to masseter is a motor branch of the anterior division of the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve.

Gross anatomy

The masseteric nerve divides off the anterior division and continues lateral to the lateral pterygoid muscle and then medially through the mandibular notch. It has two small branches:

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve (Gray's illustration)
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