The mylohyoid nerve (or nerve to mylohyoid) is a nerve that innervates the mylohyoid muscle and the anterior belly of the digastric muscle.
Mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve. (Label for mylohyoid nerve is at bottom center.)
Mandibular division of trifacial nerve, seen from the middle line. The small figure is an enlarged view of the otic ganglion. (Label "to mylohyoid" at bottom left.)
|From||inferior alveolar nerve|
|Innervates||mylohyoid muscle, anterior belly of digastric muscle|
|Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy|
The mylohyoid nerve branches from the inferior alveolar nerve (a branch of the mandibular nerve, the third part of the trigeminal nerve) just before it enters the mandibular foramen.
It descends in a groove on the deep surface of the ramus of the mandible, and reaching the under surface of the mylohyoid muscle, it supplies both the mylohyoid and the anterior belly of the digastric muscle.
- Mandible of human embryo 24 mm. long. Outer aspect.
- Mandible of human embryo 95 mm. long. Inner aspect. Nuclei of cartilage stippled.
- Infratemporal fossa. Lingual and inferior alveolar nerve. Deep dissection. Anterolateral view
This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 896 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)
- Anatomy photo:27:09-0102 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Infratemporal Fossa: The Inferior Alveolar Nerve and the Vessels"
- MedEd at Loyola GrossAnatomy/h_n/cn/cn1/cnb3.htm
- lesson4 at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (mandibularnerve)
- cranialnerves at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (V)
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