fascia

[ 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-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.

Origin of fascia

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

Related forms

fas·ci·al, adjectivesub·fas·ci·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fascial

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 Forms

fascial or facial, adjective

Word Origin for fascia

C16: from Latin: band: related to fascis bundle; see fasces
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Medicine definitions for fascial

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 forms

fasci•al adj.
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Science definitions for fascial

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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