pterygoid nerve

noun

Medical Definition of pterygoid nerve

: either of two branches of the mandibular nerve:
a : one that is distributed to the lateral pterygoid muscle

called also lateral pterygoid nerve

b : one that is distributed to the medial pterygoid muscle, tensor tympani, and tensor veli palatini

called also medial pterygoid nerve

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