Levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle

The levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle is, translated from Latin, the "lifter of both the upper lip and of the wing of the nose". It has the longest name of any muscle in an animal. The muscle is attached to the upper frontal process of the maxilla and inserts into the skin of the lateral part of the nostril and upper lip.

Levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle
Muscles of the head, face, and neck. (Levator labii superioris alaeque nasi labeled as the quad. labii sup. closest to nose.)
OriginNasal bone
InsertionNostril and upper lip
NerveBuccal branch of facial nerve
ActionsDilates the nostril; elevates the upper lip and wing of the nose
LatinMusculus levator labii superioris alaequae nasi
Anatomical terms of muscle


Historically known as Otto's muscle, it dilates the nostril and elevates the upper lip, enabling one to snarl. Elvis Presley is famous for his use of this expression, earning the muscle's nickname "The Elvis muscle". A mnemonic to remember its name is, "Little Ladies Snore All Night." Snore- because it is the labial elevator closest to the nose.

The levator labii superioris alaeque nasi is sometimes referred to as the "angular head" of the levator labii superioris muscle.[1]

See also


  1. 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.
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