Masseteric artery

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Head arteries of man

The masseteric artery is an artery in the primate's head . It arises from the second (intermuscular) section of the maxillary artery (maxillary artery) and runs through the mandibular notch of the lower jaw to the masseter muscle , which it supplies. It anastomoses with branches of the arteria facialis and arteria transversa faciei .

In animal anatomy, the vessel is called the ramus massetericus ("masseter branch"), which usually arises from the external carotid artery and extends around the branch of the lower jaw (ramus mandibulae) into the muscle.


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