Nasal bones

There are two nasal bones among the facial bones of the head. They are a pair of small oblong bones that form the bridge and roof of the nose.


The nasal bones are located at the front and in the centre of the face.


The functions of the nasal bones include:

  • The nasal bones form the bridge and roof of the nose.
  • The nasal bones contribute to the shape of the face and the definition of and keeping open of the nasal cavities (for air-flow to the lungs).
  • the nasal bones contribute to holding in place parts of the vascular system (blood vessels through the face) and nervous system (nerves in the face). Specifically, both a small vein and also the nasal nerve pass through the nasal bones via tiny grooves.

See notes about, and labelled diagrams of, all human cranial and facial bones on one page.

More about Bones and the Skeletal System:

This website includes many pages about bones and the skeletal system. The following pages may be of interest. These also link to further pages about related topics such as specific types of fractures, bone diseases and so on.

For further information see also our pages of books about orthopaedics.

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