Medial pterygoid nerve
|Nerve: Medial pterygoid nerve|
|Mandibular division of the trigeminus nerve. (Internal pterygoid nerve visible but not labeled.)|
|Mandibular division of trifacial nerve, seen from the middle line. Nerve to medial pterygoid labeled at bottom.|
|Latin||n. pterygoideus internus|
n. pterygoideus medialis
|Gray's||subject #200 894|
|Innervates||medial pterygoid, tensor veli palatini, tensor tympani|
The nerve provides physical support for the otic ganglion, but is neurologically distinct.
Additionally, the tensor veli palati is innervated by a branch of the nerve to the medial pterygoid. Of the five paired skeletal muscles to the soft palate, tensor veli palati is the only muscle not innervated by the pharyngeal plexus.
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