Definition of facies in English:
noun (plural same)
1 Medicine The appearance or facial expression of an individual that is typical of a particular disease or condition.
- 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.
- 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.
early 17th century (denoting the face): from Latin, 'form, appearance, face'.
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