The muscles of the auricula (Helicis minor visible at center)
|Origin||Base of the helical crus|
|Insertion||Anterior aspect of the helical crus|
|Artery||Auricular branches of posterior auricular and auricular branch of occipital arteries|
|Nerve||Posterior auricular nerve a branch of the facial nerve|
|Actions||Adjusting the shape of the anterior margin of the ear cartilage|
|Latin||Musculus helicis minor|
|Anatomical terms of muscle|
The Helicis minor (musculus helicis minor or smaller muscle of helix) is a small skeletal muscle. The helicis minor is an intrinsic muscle of the outer ear. The muscle runs obliques and covers the helical crus, part of the helix located just above the tragus.
The helicis minor originates from the base of the helical crus, runs obliques and inserts at the anterior aspect of the helical crus where it curves upward above the tragus.
The function of the muscle is to assist in adjusting the shape of the anterior margin of the ear cartilage. While this is a potential action in some individuals, in the majority of individuals the muscle modifies auricular shape to a minimal degree.
- "Helicis minor". AnatomyExpert. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- Diogo, Rui; Wood, Bernard. Comparative Anatomy and Phylogeny of Primate Muscles and Human Evolution. Taylor & Francis Inc. p. 371. ISBN 978-1-57808-767-9.
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