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Mandibular nerve [V3]

Other Terms: Mandibular division of fifth cranial nerve, Mandibular division of trigeminal nerve [Vc; V3], Nervus mandibularis [Vc; V3], Third division of fifth cranial nerve, Third division of trigeminal nerve, Mandibular nerve [Vc], Mandibular nerve [V3], Mandibular division [Vc], Mandibular division [V3], Inferior maxillary nerve, Nervus mandibularis [Vc], Nervus mandibularis [V3], Nerf mandibulaire


The mandibular nerve is one of the three branches of the trigeminal nerve. It is the largest branch of the trigeminal nerve. It contains all of the motor fibers for the trigeminal nerve. The motor portion of the nerve supplies the mastication muscles. The sensory portion supplies the salivary glands, anterior portions of the tongue, gums, mandibular teeth, and the skin o the temples. The mandibular nerve contains an anterior and posterior trunk. The anterior trunk branches are: buccal nerve, masseteric nerve, deep temporal nerves, and the nerve to the lateral pterygoid. The posterior trunk branches are: auriculotemporal nerve, lingual nerve, and the inferior alveolar nerve. Other branches of the mandibular nerve are the meningeal nerve and nerve to medial pterygoid.




General sensation of anterior two thirds of tongue, mandibular face, mandibular teeth. Motor to muscles of mastication (temporalis, masseter, medial and lateral pterygoids) and anterior belly of digastric, mylohyoid, tensor tympani, tensor palati

Travels through

V3- foramen ovale (mandibular division)

Region Innervated

Infratemporal Fossa


Nervus mandibularis [Vc]


Nervus mandibularis [V3]


Nerf mandibulaire


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