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Columella

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.

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

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Article information

rID: 55121
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • columella nasi

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