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[fey-shuh l] /ˈfeɪ ʃəl/
of the face:
facial expression.
for the face:
a facial cream.
a treatment to beautify the face.
Origin of facial
1600-10; 1910-15 for def 3; < Medieval Latin faciālis. See face, -al1
Related forms
facialist, noun
facially, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for facial
  • It was determined the crows actually had facial-recognition abilities.
  • The facial tube is loosely attached to the rectal wall by areolar tissue in order to allow of distension of the viscus.
  • Finally it pierces the orbital septum, and ends in the skin of the upper eyelid, joining with filaments of the facial nerve.
  • Even one-on-one he was able to soften his approach through body language and facial expressions.
  • If you have a facial steamer, you can use it with a drop or two of peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil.
  • Their facial expressions seem to lag a few beats behind their words.
  • The family sized box of facial tissue and a garbage can.
  • The typical phone interview deprives both parties of physical cues both facial expressions and body language.
  • The roughly three-foot-tall robots can maneuver, recognize speech, and display facial gestures as they broadcast audio.
  • My jaw and facial muscles are almost always sore and tender.
British Dictionary definitions for facial


of or relating to the face
a beauty treatment for the face, involving cleansing, massage, and cosmetic packs
Derived Forms
facially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for facial

c.1600, "face to face," from French facial, from Medieval Latin facialis "of the face," from facies (see face (n.)). Meaning "of the face" is from 1818. The noun meaning "beauty treatment for the face" is from 1914, American English.

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facial in Medicine

facial fa·cial (fā'shəl)
Relating to the face.

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