Lesser alar cartilages

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Lesser alar cartilages
Cartilages of the nose. Side view. (Lesser alar cartilage visible in blue at center left.)
Cartilages of the nose, seen from below.
Latin cartilago alaris minor
Gray's p.993

In human anatomy the part of the nose which forms the lateral wall is curved to correspond with the ala of the nose; it is oval and flattened, narrow behind, where it is connected with the frontal process of the maxilla by a tough fibrous membrane, in which are found three or four small cartilaginous plates, the lesser alar cartilages.


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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.