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[fash-ee-uh for 1, 3–5; fey-shuh for 2] /ˈfæʃ i ə for 1, 3–5; ˈfeɪ ʃə for 2/
noun, plural fasciae
[fash-ee-ee] /ˈfæʃ iˌi/ (Show IPA),
for 1, 3–5; fascias
[fey-shuh z] /ˈfeɪ ʃəz/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
a band or fillet, as for binding the hair.
Also called fascia board. facia.
  1. any relatively broad, flat, horizontal surface, as the outer edge of a cornice, a stringcourse, etc.
  2. 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.
Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. a band or sheath of connective tissue investing, supporting, or binding together internal organs or parts of the body.
  2. tissue of this kind.
Zoology, Botany. a distinctly marked band of color.
Origin of fascia
1555-65; < Latin: band, bandage; akin to fasces
Related forms
fascial, adjective
subfascial, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fascia
  • 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.
  • The sac comes through a hole or weak area in the fascia, the strong layer of the abdominal wall that surrounds the muscle.
  • Headlight covers blend cleanly into the surrounding fascia and fenders.
  • The superficial fascia is found immediately beneath the integument over almost the entire surface of the body.
  • The fascia lata in this part of the thigh is described as consisting of a superficial and a deep portion.
  • Occasionally, its tendon is lost in the laciniate ligament, or in the fascia of the leg.
  • From the posterior border of the tendon a thin expansion is given off to the fascia of the leg.
British Dictionary definitions for fascia


noun (pl) -ciae (-ʃɪˌiː)
the flat surface above a shop window
(architect) a flat band or surface, esp a part of an architrave or cornice
(ˈfæʃɪə). fibrous connective tissue occurring in sheets beneath the surface of the skin and between muscles and groups of muscles
(biology) a distinctive band of colour, as on an insect or plant
(Brit) a less common name for dashboard (sense 1)
a casing that fits over a mobile phone, with spaces for the buttons
Derived Forms
fascial, facial, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: band: related to fascis bundle; see fasces
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Word Origin and History for fascia

1560s, from Latin fascia "a band, bandage, swathe" (see fasces). Originally in architecture; anatomical use is from 1788.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fascia in Medicine

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 in Science
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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