Masseteric nerve

Last revised by Yoshi Yu on 10 Apr 2023

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 laterally 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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