nasalis muscle

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na·sa·lis mus·cle

(nā-sā'lis mŭs'ĕl)
Compound muscle consisting of: a transverse part (pars transversa musculi nasalis, musculus compressor naris) arising from the maxilla above the root of the canine tooth on each side and forming an aponeurosis across the bridge of the nose; and an alar part (pars alaris musculi nasalis, musculus dilator naris) arising from the maxilla above the lateral incisor and attaching to the wing of the nose; the alar part dilates the nostril; nerve supply, facial.
Synonym(s): musculus nasalis [TA] , nasal muscle.
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the outcome of transcutaneous and intranasal electric stimulation of nasal muscles in cases of nasal valve stenosis and/or collapse.
Patients in the electrotherapy group had deviated nasal septum (12) and nasal valve collapse caused by trauma (3), previous rhinoplasty (3), and idiopathic weakness of nasal muscles (2).
These patients had deviated nasal septum (11) and nasal valve collapse caused by trauma (3), previous rhinoplasty (2) and septoplasty (1), and idiopathic weakness of nasal muscles (3).