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[fil-truh m] /ˈfɪl trəm/
noun, plural philtra
[fil-truh] /ˈfɪl trə/ (Show IPA)
Anatomy. the vertical groove on the surface of the upper lip, below the septum of the nose.
a philter.
Origin of philtrum
1600-10; < Latin: love philter < Greek phíltron love philter, dimple in upper lip. See phil-, -tron Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for philtrum


noun (pl) philtra
the indentation above the upper lip
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, see philtre
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Word Origin and History for philtrum

dimple in the middle of the upper lip, 1703, medical Latin, from Greek philtron, literally "love charm" (see philtre).

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philtrum in Medicine

philtrum phil·trum (fĭl'trəm)
n. pl. phil·tra (-trə)
The vertical indentation in the midline of the upper lip. Also called infranasal depression.

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