facies

noun
fa·​cies | \ ˈfā-sh(ē-ˌ)ēz How to pronounce facies (audio) \
plural facies

Definition of 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)

First Known Use of facies

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for facies

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

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“Facies.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facies. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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facies

noun
fa·​cies | \ ˈfā-sh(ē-ˌ)ēz How to pronounce facies (audio) \
plural facies

Medical Definition of 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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