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[soo-per-fish-ee-eez, -fish-eez]
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noun, plural su·per·fi·ci·es.
  1. the surface, outer face, or outside of a thing.
  2. the outward appearance, especially as distinguished from the inner nature.
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Origin of superficies

1520–30; < Latin superficiēs, equivalent to super- super- + -ficiēs, combining form of faciēs face
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Historical Examples

  • The valuation of his house at Rome (superficies aedium) was fixed at HS.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume IV

    Aubrey Stewart

  • More than half of this superficies is comprised in the main island.



  • If A be really a proprium of superficies, it cannot be also proprium of body.


    George Grote

  • He feels hopelessly incidental to the superficies of the earth.

  • A superficies is that which professes to have principle, but has no consistency.

British Dictionary definitions for superficies


noun plural -cies rare
  1. a surface or outer face
  2. the outward form of a thing
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Word Origin

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


(sōō′pər-fĭshēz, -fĭshē-ēz′)
n. pl. superficies
  1. The outer surface of an area or a body.
  2. External appearance or aspect.
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