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Nerve: Meningeal branch of the mandibular nerve
Sphenoid bone. Upper surface. (Foramen spinosum labeled left, second from bottom.)
Latin ramus meningeus nervi mandibularis
Gray's subject #200 894
Innervates meninges
From mandibular nerve
MeSH [1]

The meningeal branch of the mandibular nerve (recurrent branch, nervus spinosus) enters the skull through the foramen spinosum with the middle meningeal artery.

It divides into two branches, anterior and posterior, which accompany the main divisions of the artery and supply the dura mater:

  • The posterior branch also supplies the mucous lining of the mastoid cells.
  • The anterior communicates with the meningeal branch of the maxillary nerve.

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