fas·​cia | \ senses 1 and 3 are usually ˈfā-sh(ē-)ə, sense 2 is usually ˈfa- \
plural fasciae\ senses 1 and 3 are usually  ˈfā-​shē-​ˌē , sense 2 is usually  ˈfa-​ \ or fascias

Definition of fascia 

1 : a flat usually horizontal member of a building having the form of a flat band or broad fillet: such as
a : a flat piece used as a molding
b : a horizontal piece (such as a board) covering the joint between the top of a wall and the projecting eaves

called also fascia board

c : a nameplate over the front of a shop
2 : a sheet of connective tissue covering or binding together body structures (such as muscles) also : tissue of this character
3 or facia \ ˈfā-​sh(ē-​)ə \, British : the dashboard of an automobile

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Other Words from fascia

fascial \ ˈfa-​sh(ē-​)əl \ adjective

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The minivan’s front fascia receives minor alterations with exaggerated lines, edgier cuts, and a pronounced chin, while the rear gets tweaked with new chrome trim pieces and a restyled bumper. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "2019 Kia Sedona: Still Fetching, Still Offers a Lot," 29 Mar. 2018 Fibromyalgia can cause painful knots in muscles and fascia (the connective tissue around muscles). Leslie Goldman, Woman's Day, "More Women Have Fibromyalgia Than Breast Cancer," 10 Sep. 2017 Jamestown Industries employee Rita Clark checks the electronics in the front fascia for a Chevy Cruze on Tuesday. Kris Maher, WSJ, "GM’s Plan to Drop Chevy Cruze Hits Ohio Town Hard," 27 Nov. 2018 By all means, foam roll that tight fascia (connective tissue that attaches your muscles to tendons and bones) to promote blood flow and flexibility of the soft tissue in your tight thighs and calves. SELF, "7 Smart Things You Can Do to Proactively Prevent Running Injuries," 26 Sep. 2018 Outside is a new upright front fascia highlighted by a chrome-wing front grille positioned above a large air intake. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Honda Accord debuts for 2018 with its first-ever turbocharged engines," 15 June 2018 Myofascial release is a technique in which a practitioner slowly stretches your fascia, similar to stretching a piece of taffy. Leslie Goldman, Woman's Day, "More Women Have Fibromyalgia Than Breast Cancer," 10 Sep. 2017 Wilson was on the disabled list from May 8 to June 7 with a left plantar fascia strain. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Alex Wilson blames Rogers Centre mound for calf strain," 30 June 2018 Running can also cause microscopic tears in the plantar fascia. Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: What’s the Best Way to Treat Plantar Fasciitis?," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of fascia

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fascia

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

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English Language Learners Definition of fascia

: a long, thin board that covers the area where a wall joins a roof

medical : a sheet of tissue that covers or connects parts inside the body (such as muscles)


fas·​cia | \ ˈfash-(ē-)ə also ˈfāsh-\
plural fasciae\ -​ē-​ˌē \ or fascias

Medical Definition of fascia 

: 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

Other Words from fascia

fascial \ -​(ē-​)əl \ adjective

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