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[soo-per-fish-ee-eez, -fish-eez] /ˌsu pərˈfɪʃ iˌiz, -ˈfɪʃ iz/
noun, plural superficies.
the surface, outer face, or outside of a thing.
the outward appearance, especially as distinguished from the inner nature.
Origin of superficies
1520-30; < Latin superficiēs, equivalent to super- super- + -ficiēs, combining form of faciēs face Unabridged
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noun (rare) (pl) -cies
a surface or outer face
the outward form of a thing
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: upper side, from super- + faciēs face
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superficies in Medicine

superficies su·per·fi·cies (sōō'pər-fĭsh'ēz, -fĭsh'ē-ēz')
n. pl. superficies

  1. The outer surface of an area or a body.

  2. External appearance or aspect.

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