the vertical indentation between the upper lip and the nose
Origin of philtrumClassical Latin from Classical Greek philtron, love potion, charm, dimple on upper lip: see philter
nounpl. phil·tra, or philtrums
- In humans and certain other primates, the vertical indentation in the center of the upper lip.
- In many other mammals, the cleft running through the center of the upper lip and often between the nostrils.
Origin of philtrumNew Latin from Latin philter from Greek philtron philter, charm, philtrum ; see philter .
From the New Latin philtrum, from Ancient Greek Ï†Î¯Î»Ï„ÏÎ¿Î½ (philtron), from Ï†Î¹Î»ÎÏ‰ (phileÅ, “to love, to kiss").