Definition of facies in English:

facies

Line breaks: fa¦cies
Pronunciation: /ˈfeɪʃɪiːz
 
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noun (plural same)

  • 1 Medicine The facial expression of an individual that is typical of a particular disease or condition: adenoidal facies are characterized by an open mouth gape
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    • The most common features are short stature, webbed neck, congenital heart disease and a characteristic facies.
    • She has the cachectic facies of a painting of a Victorian consumptive, Munch's Sick Child, perhaps.
    • Other signs and symptoms include flushed facies, sore throat, cough, cutaneous hyperaesthesia, and taste aberrations.
  • 2 Geology The character of a rock expressed by its formation, composition, and fossil content: a sedimentary investigation of the area led to the postulation of five distinct facies
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    • Well-preserved fossils occur in the zeolite facies Triassic rocks of Southland, New Zealand, where Coombs first described the phenomenon in the 1950s.
    • Two facies of regionally metamorphosed rocks that may be of either original sedimentary or igneous derivation are characterized by epidote.
    • The presence of clasts with flatiron shapes and rare striations in the conglomerate facies is consistent with a glacial setting.

Origin

early 17th century (denoting the face): from Latin, 'form, appearance, face'.

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