lesser occipital nerve

(redirected from nervus occipitalis minor)

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]

lesser occipital nerve

Etymology: AS, losian, to lose; L, occiput, back of the head, nervus, nerve
one of a pair of cutaneous branches of the cervical plexus, arising from the second cervical nerve and ascending along the side of the head behind the ear to supply the skin. It communicates with the posterior auricular branch of the facial nerve.

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.

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