Zygomaticus minor muscle
Muscles of the head, face, and neck.
|Insertion||skin of the upper lip|
|Nerve||buccal branch of facial nerve|
|Actions||elevates upper lip|
|Latin||Musculus zygomaticus minor|
|Anatomical terms of muscle|
The zygomaticus minor is a muscle of facial expression. It originates from malar bone and continues with orbicularis oculi on the lateral face of the levator labii superioris and then inserts into the outer part of the upper lip. Do not confuse this with the zygomaticus major, which insets into the angle of the mouth. It draws the upper lip backward, upward, and outward (used in making sad facial expressions). Like all muscles of facial expression, it is innervated by the facial nerve (CN VII).
- 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.
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