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Medical Term:

nerve of pterygoid canal


the nerve constituting the parasympathetic and sympathetic root of the pterygopalatine ganglion; it is formed in the region of the foramen lacerum by the union of the greater and deep petrosal nerves and runs through the pterygoid canal to the pterygopalatine fossa.

Synonym(s): nervus canalis pterygoideiTA, facial root, radix facialis, vidian nerve

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