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1. Of, relating to, or being in the area of the eyebrow: the superciliary arch of the frontal bone.
2. Located over the eyebrow or the eye: a superciliary patch of color.

[New Latin superciliāris, from Latin supercilium, eyebrow; see supercilious.]


(ˌsuːpəˈsɪlɪərɪ) or


1. (Anatomy) relating to or situated over the eyebrow or a corresponding region in lower animals
2. (Zoology) relating to or situated over the eyebrow or a corresponding region in lower animals
[C18: from New Latin superciliaris, from Latin supercilium, from super- + cilium eyelid]


(ˌsu pərˈsɪl iˌɛr i)

1. of or pertaining to the eyebrow.
2. having a marking over the eye, as certain birds.
3. situated on the frontal bone at the level of the eyebrow.
[1725–35; < Latin supercili(um) eyebrow, haughtiness (super- super- + -cilium eyelid)]
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A tall young man, with light hair, clear gray eyes, and thin and compressed lips, dressed in a blue coat with beautifully carved gold buttons, a white neckcloth, and a tortoiseshell eye-glass suspended by a silken thread, and which, by an effort of the superciliary and zygomatic muscles, he fixed in his eye, entered, with a half-official air, without smiling or speaking.
His profile, although of a very ordinary outline, had something powerful and severe about it; his eyes sparkled beneath a very deep superciliary arch, like a light in the depths of a cave; and beneath his cap which was well drawn down and fell upon his nose, one recognized the broad expanse of a brow of genius.
Superciliary is in the region of or relates to which part of the face?
For example, in the supraorbital keyhole approach, the incision is hidden in the eyebrows, and the bone window reaches the superciliary arch; in the subtemporal keyhole approach, the temporalis is separated and distracted to both sides to avoid the retraction of temporal muscle flap towards the temporal base in the conventional approach, and to prevent the surgical field from being blocked by the zygomatic arch.
These granular scales are located between the supraoculars and superciliary scales, and the count included all scales anterior to the suture line between the third and fourth supraoculars (Walker et al.
The approach followed which was simply a combination of conventional frontal and superior approach used for the dissection of orbit (Cunningham manual of dissection) with an addition of removal of superciliary arch (2-4).
Czirjak S, Szeifert GY: Surgical experience with frontolateral keyhole craniotomy through a superciliary skin incision.
Superciliary vibrissae extending posteriorly beyond pinnae (Fig.
Ocular tubercle with pair of costate-granular superciliary carinae, protruding slightly above median ocelli.
05) for the trichion, glabella, nasion, pogonion, superciliary right, supraorbital right, infraorbital right, gonion right, superciliary left, supraorbital left, and infraorbital left points.