masticator space


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masticator space

a space subtended by the superficial layer of the deep cervical fascia that splits into lateral and medial slings at the inferior border of the mandible to enclose the masseter muscle, part of the temporalis muscle, and the medial and lateral pterygoid muscles before attaching to the zygomatic arch and base of the skull.

mas·ti·ca·tor space

(masti-kā-tŏr spās)
Area subtended by superficial layer of deep cervical fascia that splits into lateral and medial slings at inferior border of mandible to enclose the masseter muscle, part of the temporalis muscle, and medial and lateral pterygoid muscles.
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These structures include the parotid gland, masticator space, minor and ectopic salivary glands, lymph nodes, muscle, sinuses, facial artery and vein, and other neurovascular structures.
It extended into the masticator space between the ascending ramus of the mandible and the pterygoid musculature.
Computed tomography (CT) of the facial bones revealed that a large, heterogenous parotid mass had filled the left masticator space and eroded the body and angle of the mandible and the left maxilla, with effacement of the oropharynx (figure 2).