fas·​cia | \ 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 fasciae (audio) , 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 How to pronounce facia (audio) \, British : the dashboard of an automobile

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Other Words from fascia

fascial \ ˈfa-​sh(ē-​)əl How to pronounce fascial (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fascia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tyrell Williams had three catches for 91 yards (and a pair of late drops) last Sunday in his first game back from a plantar fascia injury while Zay Jones, acquired from Buffalo on Oct. 8, made his Raiders debut with two catches for 27 yards. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ Derek Carr learning to pick his spots downfield, Greg Olson says," 2 Nov. 2019 At the front end of a car, Jayme Cummins shuttles among bins of hardware to create the fascia, aligning the LED headlights above the bumper and measuring the hood panel gaps — the spaces between the sheet metal parts — for any deviations. Stephen Williams, New York Times, "This Car Comes in Any Color You Want, So Long as It’s Valencia Red," 5 Sep. 2019 So will Longoria, who returned from the injured list on August 4 after missing three weeks with a plantar fascia strain in his left foot. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Dereck Rodríguez’s best outing of 2019 keys win, breaks extended streak for Giants," 15 Aug. 2019 Your feet have a thick band of tissue, known as fascia, that stretches between the heel and toes. Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Treat heel discomfort for improved mobility, less pain," 19 July 2019 For example, the necessary modern avionics are concealed in the cockpit under the fascia of a dummy autopilot. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Return of 'That’s All, Brother': The Plane That Led the D-Day Invasion," 4 June 2019 Black flew with the team from Milwaukee to Denver and was added to the roster for Game 1 on Monday after the Giants placed third baseman Evan Longoria on the 10-day injured list with a strain of the plantar fascia in his left foot. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants send Dereck Rodríguez back to minors after best start since April," 16 July 2019 Sometimes this can even lead to micro tears of the fibers of the plantar fascia. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "What is plantar fasciitis? And what can you do to relieve the pain?," 16 July 2019 Evan Longoria, their most potent hitter of late, left Sunday's game after four innings with what manager Bruce Bochy described as pain in the plantar fascia. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants win game, series behind Tyler Beede, but Evan Longoria leaves with injury," 14 July 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Fascia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascial. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of fascia

technical : 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 How to pronounce fasciae (audio) \ 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 How to pronounce fascial (audio) \ adjective

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