What is that groove between the nose and the top lip for?
#63911. Asked by andian. (Mar 24 06 11:12 PM)
My nana-nana told me when I was young, "That indentation was left by an angel placing their finger there to hush the baby." Probably just another Sicilian wives tale, but I believed it!
Mar 25 06, 12:01 AM
The philtrum (Greek philtron, "love potion") is the vertical groove in the upper lip, formed where the nasomedial and maxillary processes meet during embryonic development. When these processes fail to fuse fully, a hare lip or cleft palate can result.
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