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 dorsal nasal artery travels in the subcutaneous tissue layer of the nasal dorsum on the transverse nasalis muscle and its midline nasal aponeurosis, which connects the muscles on both sides.
Patients were given injections in the levator labii superioris nasalis muscle - otherwise known as the Elvis muscle, the Independent reported.
The dilator naris anterior and the alar part of the nasalis muscles are active in nasal valve regulation, while the procerus, the anomalous nasi, and the transverse part of the nasalis muscles do not affect the function of the nasal valve, because they are located above the nasal bone and the upper lateral cartilage.