fascia

[fash-ee-uh for 1, 3–5; fey-shuh for 2]
noun, plural fasciae [fash-ee-ee] , for 1, 3–5; fascias [fey-shuhz] , for 2.
1.
a band or fillet, as for binding the hair.
2.
Also called fascia board. facia.
3.
Architecture.
a.
any relatively broad, flat, horizontal surface, as the outer edge of a cornice, a stringcourse, etc.
b.
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.
4.
Anatomy, Zoology.
a.
a band or sheath of connective tissue investing, supporting, or binding together internal organs or parts of the body.
b.
tissue of this kind.
5.
Zoology, Botany. a distinctly marked band of color.

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

fascial, adjective
subfascial, adjective
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fascia or facia (ˈfeɪʃɪə)
 
n , pl -ciae
1.  the flat surface above a shop window
2.  architect a flat band or surface, esp a part of an architrave or cornice
3.  fibrous connective tissue occurring in sheets beneath the surface of the skin and between muscles and groups of muscles
4.  biology a distinctive band of colour, as on an insect or plant
5.  (Brit) a less common name for dashboard
6.  a casing that fits over a mobile phone, with spaces for the buttons
 
[C16: from Latin: band: related to fascis bundle; see fasces]
 
facia or facia (ˈfeɪʃɪə, -ʃɪˌiː, ˈfæʃɪə)
 
n
 
[C16: from Latin: band: related to fascis bundle; see fasces]
 
'fascial or facia
 
adj
 
'facial or facia
 
adj

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fascia
1560s, from L. fascia, lit. "a band."
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fascia fas·ci·a (fāsh'ē-ə)
n. pl. fas·ci·ae (fāsh'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.


fas'ci·al adj.
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fascia   (fāsh'ē-ə)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural fasciae (fāsh'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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Example sentences
Rotted fascia boards should be removed and replaced before the rot has a chance to spread to the roof rafters.
The rafter tails support the edge of the roof, the lookouts support the soffits, and the fascia holds the gutters.
Each body was then partly buried, usually with a scattering of leaves or a fascia of branches.
Once the repairs are completed the entire fascia needs to be painted to prevent further deterioration.
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