facies

noun fa·cies \ ˈfā-sh(ē-ˌ)ēz \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of facies

plural facies
1 : general appearance
  • a plant species with a particularly distinct facies
2 : an appearance and expression of the face characteristic of a particular condition especially when abnormal
  • adenoid facies
3 : a part of a rock or group of rocks that differs from the whole formation (as in composition, age, or fossil content)

Origin and Etymology of facies

borrowed from New Latin faciēs, going back to Latin, "appearance, form" — more at 1face


Medical Dictionary

facies

noun fa·cies \ ˈfā-sh(ē-ˌ)ēz \

medical Definition of facies

plural facies
1 : an appearance and expression of the face characteristic of a particular condition especially when abnormal
  • adenoid facies
— see hippocratic facies, moon facies
2 : an anatomical surface

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