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Short description: Skin area between eyebrows
Frontal bone, outer surface, (glabella visible near bottom of bone)
Side view of head, showing surface relations of bones (glabella labeled at center left)
Anatomical terms of bone

The glabella, in humans, is the area of skin between the eyebrows and above the nose. The term also refers to the underlying bone that is slightly depressed, and joins the two brow ridges. It is a cephalometric landmark that is just superior to the nasion.[1]


The term for the area is derived from the Latin glaber, meaning 'smooth, hairless'.[2]

In medical science

The skin of the glabella may be used to measure skin turgor in suspected cases of dehydration by gently pinching and lifting it. When released, the glabella of a dehydrated patient tends to remain extended ("tented"), rather than returning to its normal shape.[3]

See also


  1. "Figure 3. Cephalometric landmarks. Glabella (GL), the most prominent or..." (in en). 
  2. "Definition of Glabella" (in en). MedicineNet. 
  3. Lane., Lilley, Linda (2016-08-05). Pharmacology for Canadian health care practice. Lilley, Linda Lane, Snyder, Julie S., Swart, Beth, 1948-, Collins, Shelly Rainforth., Savoca, Diane. (Third Canadian ed.). Toronto. p. 590. ISBN 9781771720663. OCLC 981956602. 

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