effacement

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noun ef·face·ment \ i-ˈfās-mənt , e- \

Definition of effacement

1 :the act or process of effacing or eliminating something
  • Effacement of the forces that press upon or against consciousness is not a simple negation.
  • —Charles E. Winquist
; especially :reduction to insignificance
  • It wasn't until after Luce's death, in 1967, that Hadden's name was restored to its place at the top of Time's masthead. His precocious rise and then gradual effacement is the fascinating story of Isaiah Wilner's "The Man Time Forgot … "
  • —Charles McGrath
2 medical :the thinning or obliteration of tissue or narrowing of an internal anatomical space
  • effacement of the spinal subarachnoid space
; especially :the shortening and thinning of the uterine cervix during labor so that only the external orifice remains

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First Known Use of effacement

1753


Medical Dictionary

effacement

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noun ef·face·ment \ i-ˈfās-mənt, e- \

medical Definition of effacement

:the thinning or obliteration of tissue or narrowing of an internal anatomical space
  • effacement of the spinal subarachnoid space
; especially :the shortening and thinning of the uterine cervix during labor so that only the external orifice remains
  • Though far from strong enough to bring your baby into the world, late-third-trimester Braxton Hicks contractions contribute to the effacement and dilation of the cervix …
  • —Arlene Eisenberg et al.ParentingJune/July 1996

efface

play \-ˈfās\ transitive verb effaced; effacing


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