nasalis musclemedical dictionary

<anatomy> 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.

Synonyms: musculus nasalis, nasal muscle.

(05 Mar 2000)