[soo-per-fish-ee-eez, -fish-eez]

noun, plural su·per·fi·ci·es.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for superficies

area, top, level, face, exterior, skin, expanse, side, facade, lid, head, point, tip, cap, cover, ceiling, roof, surface, height, peak

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British Dictionary definitions for superficies


noun plural -cies rare

a surface or outer face
the outward form of a thing

Word Origin for superficies

C16: from Latin: upper side, from super- + faciēs face
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superficies in Medicine


[sōō′pər-fĭshēz, -fĭshē-ēz′]

n. pl. superficies

The outer surface of an area or a body.
External appearance or aspect.
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