fascia

[ fash-ee-uh for 1, 3–5; fey-shuh for 2 ]
/ ˈfæʃ i ə for 1, 3–5; ˈfeɪ ʃə for 2 /
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noun, plural fas·ci·ae [fash-ee-ee] /ˈfæʃ iˌi/ for 1, 3–5; fas·cias [fey-shuh z] /ˈfeɪ ʃəz/ for 2.

a band or fillet, as for binding the hair.
Also called fascia board. facia.
Architecture.
  1. any relatively broad, flat, horizontal surface, as the outer edge of a cornice, a stringcourse, etc.
  2. 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.
Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. a band or sheath of connective tissue investing, supporting, or binding together internal organs or parts of the body.
  2. tissue of this kind.
Zoology, Botany. a distinctly marked band of color.

Nearby words

  1. faruk i,
  2. fas,
  3. fasb,
  4. fasces,
  5. fasching,
  6. fascia adherens,
  7. fascia graft,
  8. fasciate,
  9. fasciation,
  10. fascicle

Origin of fascia

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

Related formsfas·ci·al, adjectivesub·fas·ci·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fascia

fascia

facia

/ (ˈfeɪʃɪə) /

noun plural -ciae (-ʃɪˌiː)

the flat surface above a shop window
architect a flat band or surface, esp a part of an architrave or cornice
(ˈfæʃɪə) fibrous connective tissue occurring in sheets beneath the surface of the skin and between muscles and groups of muscles
biology a distinctive band of colour, as on an insect or plant
British a less common name for dashboard (def. 1)
a casing that fits over a mobile phone, with spaces for the buttons
Derived Formsfascial or facial, adjective

Word Origin for fascia

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

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Word Origin and History for fascia

fascia

n.

1560s, from Latin fascia "a band, bandage, swathe" (see fasces). Originally in architecture; anatomical use is from 1788.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for fascia

fascia

[ făshē-ə ]

n. pl. fas•ci•ae (făshē-ē′, fāshē-ē)

A sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating, or binding together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body.
Related formsfasci•al adj.


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Science definitions for fascia

fascia

[ făshē-ə ]

Plural fasciae (făshē-ē′, fāshē-ē)

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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