Levator labii superioris

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Levator labii superioris
Levator labii superioris.png
Muscles of the head, face, and neck.
Details
Latin musculus levator labii superioris
Medial infra-orbital margin
Skin and muscle of the upper lip (labii superioris)
facial artery
zygomatic branch of the facial nerve (C.N. VII)
Actions Elevates the upper lip
Identifiers
Gray's p.383
Dorlands
/Elsevier
m_22/12549597
TA A04.1.03.031
FMA FMA:46805
Anatomical terms of muscle

The levator labii superioris (or quadratus labii superioris) is a muscle of the human body used in facial expression. It is a broad sheet, the origin of which extends from the side of the nose to the zygomatic bone.[1]

Structure[edit]

Its medial fibers form the angular head (also known as the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle,[2]) which arises by a pointed extremity from the upper part of the frontal process of the maxilla and passing obliquely downward and lateralward divides into two slips.

One of these is inserted into the greater alar cartilage and skin of the nose; the other is prolonged into the lateral part of the upper lip, blending with the infraorbital head and with the Orbicularis oris.

The intermediate portion or infraorbital head arises from the lower margin of the orbit immediately above the infraorbital foramen, some of its fibers being attached to the maxilla, others to the zygomatic bone.

Its fibers converge, to be inserted into the muscular substance of the upper lip between the angular head and the Caninus.

The lateral fibers, forming the zygomatic head (also known as the zygomaticus minor muscle,[3]) arise from the malar surface of the zygomatic bone immediately behind the zygomaticomaxillary suture and pass downward and medialward to the upper lip.

Function[edit]

Its main function is to retract (depress) and/or evert upper lip (sadness).[4]

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References[edit]

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

  1. ^ Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. p. 2166. ISBN 1-4160-2999-0. 
  2. ^ Eliot Goldfinger Artist/Anatomist (7 November 1991). Human Anatomy for Artists : The Elements of Form: The Elements of Form. Oxford University Press. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-19-976310-8. 
  3. ^ Eliot Goldfinger Artist/Anatomist (7 November 1991). Human Anatomy for Artists : The Elements of Form: The Elements of Form. Oxford University Press. p. 90. ISBN 978-0-19-976310-8. 
  4. ^ Clinically Oriented Anatomy 6th ed by Moore & Dalley

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