Superior tympanic artery

The superior tympanic artery is a small artery in the head. It is a branch of the middle meningeal artery. On entering the cranium it runs in the canal for the tensor tympani muscle and supplies this muscle and the lining membrane of the canal.

Superior tympanic artery
The medial wall and part of the posterior and anterior walls of the right tympanic cavity, lateral view. (Artery not shown, but tensor tympani muscle indicated with arrow)
PrecursorStapedial artery
SourceMiddle meningeal artery
SuppliesTensor tympani muscle
LatinArteria tympanica superior
Anatomical terminology


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 561 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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