Masseteric nerve

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:

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

Article information

rID: 53004
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • nerve to masseter

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Cases and figures

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