Compressor narium minor

The compressor narium minor (latin: musculus compressor narium minor) is a small inconsistant muscle located in the nose region that along with the transverse part of the nasalis muscle compresses the nose.

This muscle is present in slightly more than half of individuals and seems to play a role in decreasing the nasal aperture, narrowing the nostrils.


The compressor narium minor arises from the anterior part of the lower lateral cartilage of the nose.


The compressor narium minor inserts into the skin near the margins of the nostrils.


Upon contraction the compressor narium minor rotates the nasal tip in a caudal direction and narrows the nostrils.


The compressor narium minor is innervated by the zygomaticotemporal branch of the facial nerve (CN VII).