Minor alar cartilage

In human anatomy the part of the nose which forms the lateral wall is curved to correspond with the ala of the nose; it is oval and flattened, narrow behind, where it is connected with the frontal process of the maxilla by a tough fibrous membrane, in which are found three or four small nasal cartilages the minor alar cartilages, also referred to as lesser alar or sesamoid cartilages or accessory cartilages.[1]

Minor alar cartilage
Cartilages of the nose. Side view. (Minor alar cartilage visible in blue at center left.)
Cartilages of the nose, seen from below.
Latincartilago alaris minor
Anatomical terminology


  1. Lesser alar cartilages: An atlas of human anatomy for students and physicians (Rebman, 1919; by Carl Toldt, Alois Dalla Rosa, Eden Paul, p. 942-944)- Retrieved 2018-08-27

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