The Trigeminal Nerve (Cranial Nerve V)
The trigeminal nerve, or fifth cranial nerve, is responsible for sensation in the face as well as chewing and biting. This nerve originates on the pons, which is part of the brainstem. It splits into three separate nerves; the ophthalmic, the maxillary, and the mandibular nerve. The main functions are to receive sensation from the face, and control the four main muscles required for chewing.
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