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Inferior alveolar nerve

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Inferior alveolar nerve

(Science: anatomy, nerve) 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.

Synonym: nervus alveolaris inferior, inferior dental nerve.