Columella

Last revised by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking on 06 Mar 2019

The columella is the most anteroinferior portion of the nasal septum and forms the central fleshy portion between the two nostrils when looking at someone's nose. It is a single midline structure composed of cartilage and overlying skin, extending posteriorly from the tip of the nose. The lateral aspects form the medial wall of each nostril.

History and etymology

From the Latin word for little column.

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