Middle meningeal nerve

Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The middle meningeal nerve (which is also known as the meningeal branch of the maxillary nerve) is a branch of the maxillary division of the trigeminal nerve which supplies the dura of the middle cranial fossa.

Gross anatomy

The nerve divides off the maxillary division just before the foramen rotundum and courses laterally with the middle meningeal artery and vein on the inner aspect of the calvarium. It supplies sensation to the anterior half of the dura of the middle cranial fossa. The posterior half is supplied by the nervus spinosus from the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve.

Head and neck anatomy
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Article information

rID: 52846
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • meningeal branch of the maxillary nerve

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