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An eyebrow that has been waxed
Latin supercilium
MeSH Eyebrows

The eyebrow is an area of coarse skin hairs above the eye that follows the shape of the brow ridges. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ... Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) is a huge controlled vocabulary (or metadata system) for the purpose of indexing journal articles and books in the life sciences. ... A human eye Eyes are organs of vision that detect light. ... Arching transversely below the superciliary arches is the upper part of the margin of the orbit, thin and prominent in its lateral two-thirds, rounded in its medial third, and presenting, at the junction of these two portions, the supraorbital notch or foramen for the supraorbital nerve and vessels. ...



The main function of the eyebrows is to prevent moisture, mostly salty sweat and rain, from flowing into the eye, an organ critical to sight. The typical curved shape of the eyebrow (with a slant on the side) and the direction in which eyebrow hairs are pointed, make sure that moisture has a tendency to flow sideways around the eyes, along the side of the head and along the nose. The slightly protruding brow ridges of modern humans could also still play a supporting role in this process.[citation needed] Together with the eyebrows, the brow ridges also shade the eyes from sunlight. SWEAT is an OLN/TSN show hosted by Julie Zwillich that aired in 2003-2004. ... Rain is a type of precipitation which forms when separate drops of water fall to the Earths surface from clouds. ... Supraorbital ridges seen in Australopithecus africanus The supraorbital ridge, supraorbital torus, superciliary ridge, arcus superciliaris, or brow ridge, refer to a bony ridge located above the eye sockets of all primates. ...

Eyebrows also prevent debris such as dandruff and other small objects from falling into the eyes, as well as providing a more sensitive sense for detecting objects being near the eye, like small insects. Dandruff (also called scurf and historically termed Pityriasis capitis) is due to the excessive shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. ... Orders Subclass Apterygota Symphypleona - globular springtails Subclass Archaeognatha (jumping bristletails) Subclass Dicondylia Monura - extinct Thysanura (common bristletails) Subclass Pterygota Diaphanopteroidea - extinct Palaeodictyoptera - extinct Megasecoptera - extinct Archodonata - extinct Ephemeroptera (mayflies) Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) Infraclass Neoptera Blattodea (cockroaches) Mantodea (mantids) Isoptera (termites) Zoraptera Grylloblattodea Dermaptera (earwigs) Plecoptera (stoneflies) Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets...

Eyebrows also have an important facilitative function in communication, strengthening expressions like surprise or anger. Wide eyes are a common human physiological expression of emotional surprise. ... Anger may be a (physiological and psychological) response to a perceived threat to self or important others, present, past, or future. ...

Eyebrow modification

It is common for people to pluck their eyebrows to maintain a clean and fashionable appearance with the use of tweezers and waxing.[citation needed] Threading eyebrows has also become a popular method because it does not pull at the skin. All of these methods can be painful for some seconds or minutes due to the sensitivity of the area around the eye but often this pain decreases over time as the individual becomes used to the sensation.[citation needed]

Some people claim that after they've been plucking/waxing their eyebrows for a few months, they become totally immune to the pain.[attribution needed] However, if this is not the case, there are ways to reduce the pain, such as doing it after a warm shower or bath.[citation needed]

Some people also choose to pierce their eyebrow, which is one of the most socially acceptable piercings. There are risks associated with this piercing, like sweat/dirt/hair getting into the piercing and infecting it, so daily cleaning is necessary. This June 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ...

See also

Eyebrow threading is a practice of shaping the eyebrows using a thread. ... Trichotillomania (TTM), or trich as it is commonly known, is an impulse control disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pull out scalp hair, eyelashes, facial hair, nose hair, pubic hair, eyebrows or other body hair. ... The artist Frida Kahlo often portrayed herself with an exaggerated unibrow. ...

External Links

  • Different Methods of Eyebrow Modification
  • Eyebrow Transplant

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