[ gluh-bel-uh ]

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.

Origin of glabella

First recorded in 1820–25; from New Latin, either feminine singular or neuter plural of Latin glabellus “smooth, hairless,” equivalent to glaber “without hair, smooth” + -lus, -la, -lum diminutive adjective and noun suffix

Other words from glabella

  • gla·bel·lar, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for glabella


/ (ɡləˈbɛlə) /

nounplural -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

Origin of glabella

C19: New Latin, from Latin glabellus smooth, from glaber bald, smooth

Derived forms of glabella

  • glabellar, adjective

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