Lateral pterygoid nerve

External Pterygoid Nerve (or lateral pterygoid nerve): The nerve to the Pterygoideus externus frequently arises in conjunction with the buccinator nerve, but it may be given off separately from the anterior division of the mandibular nerve.

Lateral pterygoid nerve
Distribution of the maxillary and mandibular nerves, and the submaxillary ganglion.
FromMandibular nerve
InnervatesPterygoideus externus
LatinNervus pterygoideus externus
nervus pterygoideus lateralis
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

It enters the deep surface of the muscle.

See also


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 895 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  • Kim HJ, Kwak HH, Hu KS, et al. (2003). "Topographic anatomy of the mandibular nerve branches distributed on the two heads of the lateral pterygoid". Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 32 (4): 408–13. doi:10.1054/ijom.2002.0382. PMID 14505626.

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