inferior alveolar nervemedical dictionary

<nerve>

<anatomy> One of the terminal branches of the mandibular, it enters the mandibular canal to be distributed to the lower teeth, periosteum, and gingiva of the mandible; a branch, the mental nerve, passes through the mental foramen to supply the skin and mucosa of the lower lip and chin.

Synonyms: nervus alveolaris inferior, inferior dental nerve.

(05 Mar 2000)