Widow's peak: a usually overlooked, yet significant morphogenetic trait

J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2021 Sep;19(9):1271-1275. doi: 10.1111/ddg.14502. Epub 2021 Aug 6.


Originally believed to be an omen for early widowhood, widow's peak, a V-shaped descending extension of the anterior hairline at the center of the forehead is now known to be a morphogenetic trait. Although in the majority of cases, widow's peak is a normal variant, its presence has also been associated with several genetic syndromes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Forehead
  • Humans
  • Widowhood*