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[gluh-bel-uh] /gləˈbɛl ə/
noun, plural glabellae
[gluh-bel-ee] /gləˈbɛl i/ (Show IPA).
the flat area of bone between the eyebrows, used as a craniometric point.
Origin of glabella
1590-1600; < New Latin, feminine of Latin glabellus smooth, hairless, equivalent to glaber without hair, smooth + -lus diminutive suffix; cf. castellum
Related forms
glabellar, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for glabellar


noun (pl) -lae (-liː)
(anatomy) a smooth elevation of the frontal bone just above the bridge of the nose: a reference point in physical anthropology or craniometry
Derived Forms
glabellar, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Latin glabellus smooth, from glaber bald, smooth
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Word Origin and History for glabellar



"space between the eyebrows," 1590s, Modern Latin, properly fem. of adj. glabellus "without hair, smooth," diminutive of glaber "smooth, bald," from PIE *gladh- "smooth" (see glad).

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glabellar in Medicine

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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