Zygomaticus minor muscle

The zygomaticus minor is a muscle of facial expression. It originates from zygomatic 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. It draws the upper lip backward, upward, and outward and is used in smiling. Like all muscles of facial expression, it is innervated by the facial nerve (CN VII).

Zygomaticus minor
Muscles of the head, face, and neck.
Originzygomatic bone
Insertionskin of the upper lip
Arteryfacial artery
Nervebuccal branch
Actionselevates upper lip
LatinMusculus zygomaticus minor
Anatomical terms of muscle

The zygomaticus minor is sometimes referred to as the "zygomatic 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. 90. ISBN 978-0-19-976310-8.

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