posterior auricular artery

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pos·te·ri·or au·ric·u·lar ar·ter·y

[TA]
origin: posterior aspect of external carotid just above the digastric muscle; course: ascends first between parotid gland and styloid process then between cartilage of auricle and the mastoid process; branches: muscular (digastric, stylohyoid and sternocleidomastoid), glandular (parotid), stylomastoid artery, occipital and auricular; anastomoses: anterior tympanic artery (via the stylomastoid artery) and occipital artery.

posterior auricular artery

one of a pair of small branches from the external carotid arteries, dividing into auricular and occipital branches and supplying parts of the ear, scalp, and other structures in the head.

pos·te·ri·or au·ric·u·lar ar·te·ry

(pos-tēr'ē-ŏr awr-ik'yū-lăr ahr'tĕr-ē) [TA]
Origin, posterior aspect of external carotid just above the digastric muscle; course, ascends first between parotid gland and styloid process, then between cartilage of auricle and the mastoid process, branches, muscular (digastric, stylohyoid, and sternocleidomastoid), glandular (parotid), stylomastoid, occipital, and auricular; anastomoses, anterior tympanic artery (through the stylomastoid artery) and occipital artery.
Synonym(s): arteria auricularis posterior.

posterior auricular artery

An end branch of the external carotid artery; it supplies blood to the external ear, the tympanic membrane, and the posterior temporal scalp. Its branches include the stylomastoid, mastoid, and posterior tympanic arteries.
Synonym: auricular artery
See also: artery