Nasal cartilages

Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The nasal cartilages make up the skeleton of the external nose, along with the nasal bones, maxilla, frontal bone and bony nasal septum. They are hyaline cartilage responsible for maintaining the shape of the flexible part of the external nose and the vestibule and consists of 5 cartilages:

  1. two lateral (or upper) cartilages,
  2. two alar (greater or lower) cartilages and
  3. a single midline septal cartilage which contributes to the nasal septum.
Anatomy: Head and neck
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rID: 66800
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
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