The ‘philtrum’ (FIL-trum) – from the Greek for ‘to love; to kiss’ – is the vertical depression in the center of the upper lip, directly under the tip of the nose.
Example (as used by Emily Yoffe in Slate): ‘[The day care workers] endlessly rip off wads [of toilet paper] and wipe little philtrums, like rescue workers mopping off seabirds after an oil spill.’
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