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[gley-bruh s] /ˈgleɪ brəs/
adjective, Zoology, Botany
having a surface devoid of hair or pubescence.
Origin of glabrous
1630-40; < Latin glabr- (stem of glaber) smooth, hairless + -ous
Related forms
subglabrous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glabrous
  • Blade upper surfaces glabrous except for long hairs at the bases and lower margins.
  • glabrous skin on the human body, glabrous skin is skin that is hairless.
British Dictionary definitions for glabrous


(biology) without hair or a similar growth; smooth: a glabrous stem
Derived Forms
glabrousness, noun
Word Origin
C17 glabrous, from Latin glaber
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Word Origin and History for glabrous

1630s, from Latin glaber "hairless, smooth, bald" (see glad).

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glabrous in Medicine

glabrous gla·brous (glā'brəs)
Having no hairs or projections, especially on body parts that normally have hair; smooth.

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