pterygomeningeal artery

pterygomeningeal artery

[TA]
origin: maxillary or middle meningeal artery; distribution: traverses foramen ovale to enter cranial cavity, where it supplies the trigeminal ganglion, dura mater, and bone of the floor of the middle cranial fossa; however, its main distribution is extracranially to the pterygoid and tensor tympani muscles, the sphenoid bone, and the mandibular nerves and its otic gangion.

pter·y·go·me·nin·ge·al ar·te·ry

(ter'i-gō-mĕ-nin'jē-ăl ahr'tĕr-ē) [TA]
Origin: maxillary or middle meningeal artery; distribution: traverses foramen ovale to enter cranial cavity, where it supplies the trigeminal ganglion, dura mater, and bone of the floor of the middle cranial fossa; however, its main distribution is extracranially to the pterygoid and tensor tympani muscles, the sphenoid bone, the mandibular nerve and the otic ganglion.
Synonym(s): arteria pterygomeningealis [TA] .