Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The smooth area between the eyebrows just above the nose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The space between the eyebrows and the nose.
  • n. The axial protuberance on the cephalon of certain arthropods (especially trilobites)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The space between the eyebrows, also including the corresponding part of the frontal bone; the mesophryon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy and zoology, same as glabellum.
  • n. Plural of glabellum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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

Etymologies

New Latin, from feminine of Latin glabellus, hairless, diminutive of glaber.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Either the entire part projects in a ridge (brow ridges, torus supraorbitalis), or only the glabella, that is the prominent part of the forehead just above the root of the nose, seems to be curved, or projections arise from a somewhat depressed glabella and extend to about the middle of the upper orbital border, the sections on the sides being then flat (planum supraorbitale).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The glabella is the indentation in the nose below your eyebrows (highlighted by the blue line) and between your eyes.

    StyleList

  • If a line be drawn from the point at which the brow curves in towards the root of the nose, and which is called the 'glabella' ( 'a') (Figure 22), to the occipital protuberance ( 'b'), and the distance to the highest point of the arch of the skull be measured perpendicularly from this line, it will be found to be 4.75 inches.

    Lectures and Essays

  • If a line be drawn from the point at which the brow curves in towards the root of the nose, and which is called the 'glabella' ( 'a') (Fig. 23), to the occipital protuberance ( 'b'), and the distance to the highest point of the arch of the skull be measured perpendicularly from this line, it will be found to be 4.75 inches.

    On Some Fossil Remains of Man

  • The second bullet penetrated the glabella, where the cranium knits at the center of the forehead.

    Shortcut Man

  • Approximately 160 species of phanerogams, three club-mosses Lycopodium annotinum, Diphasiastrum alpinum and Huperzia selago, two horsetails Equisetum arvense and E. variegatum, and four ferns Cystopteris fragilis, Dryopteris fragrans, Woodsia ilvensis and Woodsia glabella occur in the nominated area.

    Ilulissat Icefjord, Denmark-Greenland

  • If a line joining the glabella and the occipital protuberance

    Essays

  • The skull from the cave of Engis — viewed from the right side. ‘a’ glabella, ‘b’ occipital protuberance, (‘a’ to ‘b’ glabello-occipital line), ‘c’ auditory foramen.

    Essays

  • If skulls are present, compare cranial features- the male skull will have a more defined nuchal crest, mastoid process, supra-orbital ridge/glabella, & mental eminence.

    mordicai: crown me king!

  • Again, only approved for those glabella lines -- not yours, Heidi -- also excessive sweating.

    CNN Transcript Oct 12, 2004

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