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What is the name of the area that is between the nose and the upper lip, circled in figure 1 below?

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I have found that the area circled in figure 2, the small indentation under the nose, is called the "philtrum," which is what the many searches I have tried have yielded, but I cannot figure out what the entire area is called.

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The upper lip, the image below is from the wiki entry on philtrum.

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Okay, but then what is the "top half" of the lip called? The "upper lip" seems to me that it is referring to the part of the lip right above the mouth. – Doorknob Apr 29 '14 at 2:23
That's... quite a strange name. Is there any word that more commonly refers to each of these? – Doorknob Apr 29 '14 at 2:38
@Doorknob - Elliot has named it correctly. The upper lip is skin-covered, skin-colored, and hairy. The pink parts are called the upper and lower vermilion, the border between the skin and the vermilion is called the vermilion border, the wet, shiny inner portion of what people call the "lips" is called the wet vermilion or the mucosa. So, you see, Elliot has given you the accurate response. How do I know? From studying the anatomy of the lips, having had to suture lip lacerations about a couple hundred times. – medica Apr 29 '14 at 2:38
Actually, OP is asking the name of the upper half of the upper lip. There is no specific name for that. – ermanen Apr 29 '14 at 3:44
It is sometimes called "upper cutaneous lip" or "cutaneous upper lip" though. Because that is the skin part of the upper lip. – ermanen Apr 29 '14 at 4:02

Yes, there is. I believe the pronunciation is the following: Ahm bro shwah

The actual word is spelled embouchure. Trumpet players refer to this... (you can spot dentures because they have a flat ahm bro shwah.)

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You're thinking of embrochure, and that refers to the shape of the entire mouth, not simply the upper lip. – Hot Licks Feb 9 at 19:39
Embouchure, not embrochure. – phenry Feb 9 at 20:19

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