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fas·ci·a / ˈfash(ē)ə; ˈfā-/ • n. 1. a wooden board or other flat piece of material such as that covering the ends of rafters. ∎  a covering, typically a detachable one, for the front part of a cellular phone. ∎  (in classical architecture) a long flat surface between moldings on an architrave. 2. (pl. fas·ci·ae / -shēˌē/ ) Anat. a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle or other organ.

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fascia (făsh´ēə), fibrous tissue network located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone. Fascia is composed of two layers, a superficial layer and a deep layer. Superficial fascia is attached to the skin and is composed of connective tissue containing varying quantities of fat. It is especially dense in the scalp, the back of the neck, and the palms of the hands, where it serves to anchor the skin firmly to underlying tissues. In other areas of the body it is loose and the skin may be moved freely back and forth. Deep fascia underlies the superficial layers, to which it is loosely joined by fibrous strands. It is thin but strong and densely packed, and serves to cover the muscles and to partition them into groups.

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fascia (pl. fasciae.)
1. One of two or three bands on a Classical architrave, each projecting slightly beyond the one below, often separated by enriched mouldings.

2. Any band or belt with a plain vertical face, such as a fascia-board at eaves-level.

3. Deep board over a shop-front on which lettering is placed.

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fascia (fash-iă) n. (pl. fasciae) connective tissue that envelops organs and tissues, forms sheaths for muscles, and is found immediately beneath the skin.

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fascia A sheet of fibrous connective tissue occurring beneath the skin and also enveloping glands, vessels, nerves, and forming muscle and tendon sheaths.

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fascia (archit.) long flat surface or band XVI; (anat.) sheath investing an organ. XVIII. — L. fascia band, fillet, casing of a door, etc., rel. to fascis bundle.