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noun, plural gla·bel·lae [gluh-bel-ee] /gləˈbɛl i/. Anatomy.
  1. the flat area of bone between the eyebrows, used as a craniometric point.
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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 formsgla·bel·lar, adjective


[gluh-bel-uh m]
noun, plural gla·bel·la [gluh-bel-uh] /gləˈbɛl ə/.
  1. glabella.
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Historical Examples of glabella

  • In this first blind endeavor I got, of course, no clew to Woodsia glabella.

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  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for glabella


noun plural -lae (-liː)
  1. anatomy a smooth elevation of the frontal bone just above the bridge of the nose: a reference point in physical anthropology or craniometry
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Derived Formsglabellar, adjective

Word Origin for glabella

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).

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glabella in Medicine


n. pl. gla•bel•lae (-bĕlē)
  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.mesophryon
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