Middle meningeal nerve

The middle meningeal nerve (meningeal or dural branch) is given off from the maxillary nerve (CN V2) directly after its origin from the trigeminal ganglion, before CN V2 enters the foramen rotundum.

Middle meningeal nerve
Left parietal bone. Inner surface. (Nerve not labeled, but grooves visible at bottom.)
Latinnervus meningeus medius
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

It accompanies the middle meningeal artery and vein as the artery and vein enter the cranium through the foramen spinosum and supplies the dura mater.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 889 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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