Zygomatic branches of the facial nerve

The zygomatic branches of the facial nerve (malar branches) run across the zygomatic bone to the lateral angle of the orbit, where they supply the orbicularis oculi, and join with filaments from the lacrimal nerve and the zygomaticofacial branch of the maxillary nerve.

Zygomatic branches of the facial nerve
Plan of the facial and intermediate nerves and their communication with other nerves (labeled at center bottom, fifth from bottom, as "Malar")
The nerves of the scalp, face, and side of neck (zygomatic branches labeled at center, near cheek)
FromFacial nerve
LatinRami zygomatici nervi facialis
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

Clinical relevance

To test the zygomatic branches of the facial nerve, a patient is asked to close their eyes tightly.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 905 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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