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n. pl. gla·bel·lae (-bĕl′ē)
The smooth area between the eyebrows just above the nose.

[New Latin, from feminine of Latin glabellus, hairless, diminutive of glaber.]

gla·bel′lar adj.


n, pl -lae (-liː)
(Anatomy) anatomy a smooth elevation of the frontal bone just above the bridge of the nose: a reference point in physical anthropology or craniometry
[C19: New Latin, from Latin glabellus smooth, from glaber bald, smooth]
glaˈbellar adj


(gləˈbɛl ə)

n., pl. -bel•lae (-ˈbɛl i)
the raised area of bone between the eyebrows.
[1590–1600; < New Latin < Latin glabellus smooth, hairless, derivative of glaber without hair]
gla•bel′lar, adj.
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Noun1.glabella - a smooth prominence of the frontal bone between and above the eyebrowsglabella - a smooth prominence of the frontal bone between and above the eyebrows; the most forward projecting point of the forehead in the midline at the level of the supraorbital ridges
craniometric point - a landmark on the skull from which craniometric measurements can be taken
frontal bone, os frontale, forehead - the large cranial bone forming the front part of the cranium: includes the upper part of the orbits
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