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pterygoid nerve

n.

Either of two motor branches of the mandibular nerve, designated lateral and medial, supplying the lateral and medial pterygoid muscles.

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Nearby words

pterygial, pterygium, pterygo-, pterygoid, pterygoid canal, pterygoid nerve, pterygoid process, pterygomandibular, pterygomaxillary, pterygopalatine, pterygopalatine canal
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