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posterior auricular nerve


Definition: the first extracranial branch of the facial nerve, it passes behind the ear, supplying the auricularis posterior, intrinsic muscles of the auricle and, through its occipital branch, the occipital belly of the occipitofrontalis muscle.

Synonym(s): nervus auricularis posteriorTA

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