Definition of glabella in English:



  • The smooth part of the forehead above and between the eyebrows.

    • ‘Antennae were apparently braced to the dorsal exoskeleton near the anterior lateral corners of the glabella (the stomach capsule).’
    • ‘The reduced occipital muscle scars are placed on a much lower level than both the glabella and the occipital ring.’
    • ‘Many trilobites also possessed an extended frontal area anterior of the glabella, but expression of segmentation within this region was also unclear.’
    • ‘The anterior border and preocular areas extend laterally farther beyond the sides of the glabella, and are clearly visible in the palpebral view.’
    • ‘The first third is the span between the hairline and the glabella area, the second is between the glabella and subnasale and the remaining is between the subnasale and menton.’


Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin glabellus (adjective), diminutive of glaber ‘smooth’.