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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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  • Physically he seemed nearly as much out of order as facially.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • It is a rare thing for two men to be facially alike, and no two men are ever equal in all respects.

  • He looked at Aurora with smiling scrutiny, and facially expressed a vast appreciation.

    Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall
  • The females have no snout development and some of them facially very much resemble a bull terrier.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • She positively struck light herself—she was literally, facially luminous.

    Embarrassments Henry James
  • While he works among the refugees, his wife, who is a sculptress, makes masks for the facially mutilated.

    Out To Win Coningsby Dawson
  • Did you say he appeared drawn as compared with his appearance in 1959—facially?

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for facially


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 facially



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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facially in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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