Nasalis muscle

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Nasalis muscle
Muscles of the head, face, and neck. (Nasalis labeled at center left.)
Latin musculus nasalis
Gray's subject #107 382
Origin Maxilla
Insertion    Nasal bone
Artery Superior labial artery
Nerve Buccal branch of the facial nerve
Actions Compresses bridge, depresses tip of nose, elevates corners of nostrils

The nasalis (compressor naris) is a sphincter-like muscle of the nose whose function is to compress the nasal cartilage. Pronounced ńäśâlīś.

It consists of two parts, transverse and alar:

  • The transverse part arises from the maxilla, above and lateral to the incisive fossa; its fibers proceed upward and medially, expanding into a thin aponeurosis which is continuous on the bridge of the nose with that of the muscle of the opposite side, and with the aponeurosis of the Procerus.
  • The alar part is attached at one end to the greater alar cartilage, and at the other to the integument at the point of the nose.

Other sources divide it into "Compressor nasalis" and "Dilator nasalis".[1]

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  1. ^ -1945763781 at GPnotebook

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