occipital nerve

occipital nerve n either of two nerves that arise mostly from the second cervical nerve:
a) the medial branch of the second cervical nerve that innervates the scalp at the top of the head called also greater occipital nerve
b) one arising from the second cervical nerve or from the loop between the second and third cervical nerves and innervating the scalp esp. in the lateral area of the head behind the ear called also lesser occipital nerve

Medical dictionary. 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • occipital nerve lesser — occipital nerve, smaller nervus occipitalis minor …   Medical dictionary

  • occipital nerve greater — nervus occipitalis major …   Medical dictionary

  • occipital nerve least — nervus occipitalis tertius …   Medical dictionary

  • occipital nerve third — nervus occipitalis tertius …   Medical dictionary

  • Lesser occipital nerve — Infobox Nerve Name = PAGENAME Latin = nervus occipitalis minor GraySubject = 210 GrayPage = 926 Caption = Side of neck, showing chief surface markings. (Lesser occip. nerve labeled at center right.) Caption2 = The nerves of the scalp, face, and… …   Wikipedia

  • Greater occipital nerve — Infobox Nerve Name = PAGENAME Latin = GraySubject = 209 GrayPage = 923 Caption = Posterior primary divisions of the upper three cervical nerves. (Great occipital nerve labeled at center top.) Caption2 = Innervates = semispinalis capitis, scalp… …   Wikipedia

  • Third occipital nerve — Infobox Nerve Name = PAGENAME Latin = nervus occipitalis tertius GraySubject = 209 GrayPage = 923 Caption = Posterior primary divisions of the upper three cervical nerves. (Third occipital nerve visible at center.) Caption2 = Diagram of the… …   Wikipedia

  • greater occipital nerve — n OCCIPITAL NERVE (a) …   Medical dictionary

  • lesser occipital nerve — n OCCIPITAL NERVE (b) …   Medical dictionary

  • Occipital artery — Artery: Occipital artery The arteries of the face and scalp. (Occipital visible at center left.) …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.