Pterygoid nerve

pterygoid nerve n.
Either of two motor branches of the mandibular nerve, designated lateral and medial, supplying the lateral and medial pterygoid muscles.

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  • Pterygomandibular

    pterygomandibular pter·y·go·man·dib·u·lar (těr’ĭ-gō-mān-dĭb’yə-lər) adj. Relating to the pterygoid process and the mandible.

  • Pterygomaxillary

    pterygomaxillary pter·y·go·max·il·lar·y (těr’ĭ-gō-māk’sə-lěr’ē) adj. Relating to the pterygoid process and the maxilla.

  • Pterygopalatine

    pterygopalatine pter·y·go·pal·a·tine (těr’ĭ-gō-pāl’ə-tīn’) adj. Relating to the pterygoid process and the palatine bone.

  • Pterygopalatine canal

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