lesser occipital nerve


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less·er oc·cip·i·tal nerve

[TA]
arises from cervical plexus, conveying fibers from the ventral primary rami of the second and third cervical nerves; supplies the skin of the posterior surface of the auricle and the adjacent portion of the scalp posterior to the auricle.
Synonym(s): nervus occipitalis minor [TA]
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less·er oc·cip·i·tal nerve

(les'ĕr ok-sip'i-tăl nĕrv) [TA]
Arises from cervical plexus, conveying fibers from ventral primary rami of second and third cervical nerves; supplies skin of posterior surface of auricle and adjacent portion of the scalp posterior to auricle.
Synonym(s): nervus occipitalis minor.
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lesser occipital nerve

A sensory nerve composed of axons from spinal cord segments C2–C3. It innervates the skin over the back of the neck.
See also: nerve
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However, this auricular region is supplied not only by ABVN, but also by the auriculotemporal nerve and contributions of the glossopharyngeal [22], facial [23], and cervical nerves (lesser occipital nerves and auricularis maior) [24-26]; importantly, all these nerves contribute to the innervation of the external auditory meatus and external auditory canal, and only the cymba conchae is regarded to be exclusively innervated by ABVN [27].