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pterygomeningeal artery


Definition: origin: maxillary or middle meningeal artery; distribution: traverses foramen ovale to enter cranial cavity, where it supplies the trigeminal ganglion, dura mater, and bone of the floor of the middle cranial fossa; however, its main distribution is extracranially to the pterygoid and tensor tympani muscles, the sphenoid bone, and the mandibular nerves and its otic gangion.

Synonym(s): arteria pterygomeningealisTA, accessory meningeal artery, accessory meningeal branch, ramus meningeus accessorius

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