[ fash-ee-uh for 1, 3-5; fey-shuh for 2 ]
/ ˈfæʃ i ə for 1, 3-5; ˈfeɪ ʃə for 2 /
noun, plural fas·ci·ae [fash-ee-ee] /ˈfæʃ iˌi/ for 1, 3-5; fas·cias [fey-shuhz] /ˈfeɪ ʃəz/ for 2.
a band or fillet, as for binding the hair.
Also called fascia board . facia. 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.
- a band or sheath of connective tissue investing, supporting, or binding together internal organs or parts of the body.
- tissue of this kind.
Zoology, Botany. a distinctly marked band of color.
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Origin of fascia
1555–65; <Latin: band, bandage; akin to fasces
OTHER WORDS FROM fasciafas·ci·al, adjectivesub·fas·ci·al, adjective
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How to use fascia in a sentence
Why should grief or anxiety cause the central fasciae alone of the frontal muscle together with those round the eyes, to contract?
The forms graven on these fasciae are interpreted in Warner's History of Glastonbury to represent the following subjects.
The portal toward the south was on a similar plan to the northern, but with five instead of four fasciae.
British Dictionary definitions for fascia
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
a casing that fits over a mobile phone, with spaces for the buttons
Derived forms of fasciafascial or facial, adjective
Word Origin for fascia
C16: from Latin: band: related to fascis bundle; see fasces
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Medical definitions for fascia
n. pl. fas•ci•ae (făsh′ē-ē′, fā′shē-ē)
A sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating, or binding together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body.
Other words from fasciafas′ci•al adj.
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Scientific definitions for fascia
Plural fasciae (făsh′ē-ē′, fā′shē-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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