senses 1 and 3 are usually
ˈfā-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce fascia (audio)
sense 2 is usually
ˈfa- How to pronounce fascia (audio)
plural fasciae
senses 1 and 3 are usually
ˈfā-shē-ˌē How to pronounce fascia (audio)
 sense 2 is usually  ˈfa-
or fascias
: a flat usually horizontal member of a building having the form of a flat band or broad fillet: such as
: a flat piece used as a molding
: a horizontal piece (such as a board) covering the joint between the top of a wall and the projecting eaves

called also fascia board

: a nameplate over the front of a shop
: a sheet of connective tissue covering or binding together body structures (such as muscles)
also : tissue of this character
or facia British : the dashboard of an automobile
fascial adjective

Examples of fascia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photo : Classic Recreations The fascia also presents a plaque identifying the car as one of only 10. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 23 Feb. 2024 The fascia also showcases a commemorative plaque identifying the car as one of only 10. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 23 Feb. 2024 The Equinox will also offer a new trim level — Activ — with a unique grille, fascias and all-terrain tires for an outdoorsy look. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 23 Jan. 2024 The plantar fascia, located on the bottom of the foot, is a thick band of connective tissue that runs from heel to toe and supports and stabilizes the arch of the foot. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 But on the flip side, Heat captain Udonis Haslem tore the plantar fascia in his left foot near the end of the 2015-16 regular season and returned in five days to play through the pain in the playoffs that year. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Read the full review Compared to the regular S-class, the Mercedes-AMG S63 E Performance gets its own grille set in a revised fascia, AMG-specific 21-inch wheels, and side-sill extensions—a subtle visual presentation. Car and Driver, 27 June 2023 The somatosensory system registers sensations detected by the muscles, joints, skin and the body tissues that connect them, called the fascia. Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2023 An available titanium exhaust made by Akrapovic blows hot air out of two large pipes that protrude from the rear fascia. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 17 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Italian, from Latin, band, bandage; akin to Middle Irish basc necklace

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fascia was in 1563

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Cite this Entry

“Fascia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascia. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


ˈfash-(ē-)ə also ˈfāsh-
plural fasciae -ē-ˌē How to pronounce fascia (audio) or fascias
: a sheet of connective tissue (as an aponeurosis) covering or binding together body structures
also : tissue occurring in such a sheet see deep fascia, superficial fascia
fascial adjective

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