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Masseteric Artery
Cardiovascular System

Masseteric Artery

Arteria masseterica

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Quick Facts

Origin: Maxillary artery.

Course: Passes through the mandibular notch to the deep surface of the masseter muscle.

Branches: None.

Supplied Structures: Masseter muscle and temporomandibular joint.

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The masseteric artery arises from the maxillary artery posterior to the tendon of the temporalis muscle.


The masseteric artery passes through the mandibular notch with the masseteric nerve. It enters the deep surface of the masseter muscle.


There are no named branches; however, the masseteric artery anastomoses with masseteric branches of the facial artery and with the transverse facial branch of the superficial temporal artery.

Supplied Structures

The masseteric artery supplies the masseter muscle, while some of its ramifications may provide arterial supply to the temporomandibular joint.

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