philtrum

[ fil-truh m ]
/ ˈfɪl trəm /
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noun, plural phil·tra [fil-truh] /ˈfɪl trə/.

Anatomy. the vertical groove on the surface of the upper lip, below the septum of the nose.
a philter.

Nearby words

  1. philosophize,
  2. philosophy,
  3. philosophy of life,
  4. philter,
  5. philtre,
  6. phimosis,
  7. phimotic,
  8. phineas,
  9. phineus,
  10. phish

Origin of philtrum

1600–10; < Latin: love philter < Greek phíltron love philter, dimple in upper lip. See phil-, -tron

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British Dictionary definitions for philtra

philtrum

/ (ˈfɪltrəm) /

noun plural philtra

the indentation above the upper lip

Word Origin for philtrum

C17: from Latin, see philtre

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Word Origin and History for philtra

philtrum

n.

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

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Medicine definitions for philtra

philtrum

[ fĭltrəm ]

n. pl. phil•tra (-trə)

The vertical indentation in the midline of the upper lip.infranasal depression

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