glabella

glabella

[gluh-bel-uh]

Origin:
1590–1600; < Neo-Latin, feminine of Latin glabellus smooth, hairless, equivalent to glaber without hair, smooth + -lus diminutive suffix; cf. castellum

glabellar, adjective
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glabellum

[gluh-bel-uhm]
noun, plural glabella [gluh-bel-uh] .
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glabella (ɡləˈbɛlə)
 
n , pl -lae
anatomy a smooth elevation of the frontal bone just above the bridge of the nose: a reference point in physical anthropology or craniometry
 
[C19: New Latin, from Latin glabellus smooth, from glaber bald, smooth]
 
gla'bellar
 
adj

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glabella
"space between the eyebrows," 1598, Mod.L., lit. fem. of adj. glabellus "without hair, smooth," dim. of glaber "smooth, bald," cognate with O.E. glæd "bright, shining, joyous" (see glad).
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glabella gla·bel·la (glə-běl'ə)
n. pl. gla·bel·lae (-běl'ē)

  1. The smooth area between the eyebrows just above the nose.

  2. The most forward projecting point of the forehead in the midline of the supraorbital ridges. Also called mesophryon.

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