Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[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)
1. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for glabella
Historical Examples
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source
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
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for glabella

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for glabella

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for glabella