[ fash-ee-uh for 1, 3-5; fey-shuh for 2 ]

noun,plural fas·ci·ae [fash-ee-ee] /ˈfæʃ iˌi/ for 1, 3-5; fas·cias [fey-shuhz] /ˈfeɪ ʃəz/ for 2.
  1. a band or fillet, as for binding the hair.

  2. Also called fascia board . facia.

  1. Architecture.

    • any relatively broad, flat, horizontal surface, as the outer edge of a cornice, a stringcourse, etc.

    • any of a number of horizontal bands, usually three in number, each projecting beyond the one below to form the architrave in the Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite orders.

  2. Anatomy, Zoology.

    • a band or sheath of connective tissue investing, supporting, or binding together internal organs or parts of the body.

    • tissue of this kind.

  3. Zoology, Botany. a distinctly marked band of color.

Origin of fascia

1555–65; <Latin: band, bandage; akin to fasces

Other words from fascia

  • fas·ci·al, adjective
  • sub·fas·ci·al, adjective

Words Nearby fascia

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How to use fascia in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fascia



/ (ˈfeɪʃɪə) /

nounplural -ciae (-ʃɪˌiː)
  1. the flat surface above a shop window

  2. architect a flat band or surface, esp a part of an architrave or cornice

  1. (ˈfæʃɪə) fibrous connective tissue occurring in sheets beneath the surface of the skin and between muscles and groups of muscles

  2. biology a distinctive band of colour, as on an insect or plant

  3. British a less common name for dashboard (def. 1)

  4. a casing that fits over a mobile phone, with spaces for the buttons

Origin of fascia

C16: from Latin: band: related to fascis bundle; see fasces

Derived forms of fascia

  • fascial or facial, adjective

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Scientific definitions for fascia


[ făshē-ə ]

Plural fasciae (făshē-ē′, fāshē-ē)
  1. A sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue. Fascia envelops, separates, or binds together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body.

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