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tympanic artery

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n.
An artery with origin in the maxillary artery, with distribution to the middle ear, and with anastomoses to the tympanic branches of the internal carotid and ascending pharyngeal stylomastoid arteries; anterior tympanic artery.
An artery with origin in the pharyngeal artery, with distribution to the middle ear, and with anastomoses to tympanic branches of other arteries; inferior tympanic artery.
An artery with origin in the stylomastoid artery, with distribution to the middle ear, and with anastomoses to the other tympanic arteries; posterior tympanic artery.
An artery with origin in the middle meningeal artery, with distribution to the middle ear, and with anastomoses to the other tympanic arteries; superior tympanic artery.
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