Definition: vein formed by the union of the superficial temporal and maxillary veins in front of the ear; it runs posterior to the ramus of the mandible through the parotid gland, and unites with the posterior auricular vein to form the external jugular vein; it usually has a large communicating branch with the facial vein.
Synonym(s): vena retromandibularisTA, posterior facial vein, temporomaxillary vein, vena facialis posterior
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