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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


[gluh-bel-uh m] /gləˈbɛl əm/
noun, plural glabella
[gluh-bel-uh] /gləˈbɛl ə/ (Show IPA)
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Examples from the Web for glabella
Historical Examples
  • In this first blind endeavor I got, of course, no clew to Woodsia glabella.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • glabella, the middle or frontal protuberance of the superciliary arch.

  • An oval, cream-coloured spot with red centre, an inch in greatest length, over the glabella.

  • One individual only is noted as having been tattooed, with a circular mark just above his glabella.

  • White curved line painted across forehead, and dots below outer ends thereof, on glabella, and outside orbits.

  • Some of the men are tattooed with a blue dot on the glabella, or vertical mid-frontal line.

  • The base, facial bones and part of the left brow ridge and glabella are gone.

    Notes on the Fenland T. McKenny Huges
  • Among the specimens of Woodsia glabella brought away were a few which I judged to belong to a different species.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • Although the two common species of Woodsia were near at hand, Woodsia glabella was still eluding my search.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • A notable anomaly consists in a union of the eyebrows, which meet and form an unbroken line across the region of the glabella.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
British Dictionary definitions for glabella


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 glabella

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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glabella 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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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