Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Anatomy A sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating, or binding together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body.
  • n. A broad and distinct band of color.
  • n. Architecture A flat horizontal band or member between moldings, especially in a classical entablature.
  • n. Chiefly British The dashboard of a motor vehicle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wide band of material covering the ends of roof rafters, sometimes supporting a gutter in steep-slope roofing, but typically it is a border or trim in low-slope roofing.
  • n. A face or front cover of an appliance, especially of a mobile phone.
  • n. A flat band or broad fillet; especially, one of the three bands which make up the architrave, in the Ionic order.
  • n. A broad well-defined band of color.
  • n. A band, sash, or fillet; especially, in surgery, a bandage or roller.
  • n. A sash worn by certain members of the Catholic and Anglican churches.
  • n. The layer of loose tissue, often containing fat, immediately beneath the skin; the stronger layer of connective tissue covering and investing all muscles; an aponeurosis.
  • n. A dashboard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A band, sash, or fillet; especially, in surgery, a bandage or roller.
  • n. A flat member of an order or building, like a flat band or broad fillet; especially, one of the three bands which make up the architrave, in the Ionic order. See Illust. of Column.
  • n. The layer of loose tissue, often containing fat, immediately beneath the skin; the stronger layer of connective tissue covering and investing all muscles; an aponeurosis.
  • n. A broad well-defined band of color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman antiquity, a band, sash, or fillet of various forms and uses, worn around the head, the waist, the feet and legs, etc.
  • n. Hence In architecture, any flat member or molding with but little projection, as the narrow horizontal bands or broad fillets into which the architraves of Ionic and Corinthian entablatures are divided (see cut under column); also, in brick buildings, the jutting of the bricks beyond the windows in the several stories except the highest.
  • n. In botany, an encircling or transverse band or ridge.
  • n. In music:
  • n. A tie or bind.
  • n. The sides of a fiddle.
  • n. In astronomy, a belt of the planet Jupiter. See belt, 3
  • n. .
  • n. In surgery, a bandage, roller, or ligature.
  • n. In anat.:
  • n. A sheet or layer of condensed connective tissue, forming a fibrous membrane resembling tendon or ligament, spread out in a layer, and investing, confining, supporting, and separating or uniting some muscle or any other special tissue, part, or organ of the body; also, such tissue in general; an aponeurosis (which see).
  • n. Some fillet-like arrangement of parts; a band: as, the fascia dentata, the dentate fascia of the brain, the serrated band of gray matter lying alongside of and beneath the fimbria.
  • n. In zoology, a bar, band, or belt of color on the skin or its appendages, as hair, feathers, or scales: chiefly an ornithological term applied to broad crosswise markings, as distinguished from longitudinal stripes or streaks.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. instrument panel on an automobile or airplane containing dials and controls
  • n. a sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue separating or binding together muscles and organs etc

Etymologies

Latin, band.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fascia ("a band, bandage, swathe"). Related to fascēs ("bundle of rods containing an axe with the blade projecting"), from Proto-Indo-European bʰasko- "band, bundle". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Skin; dartos muscle; Colles 'fascia; external spermatic fascia; cremastric muscle & fascia; internal spermatic fascia& tunica vaginalis the dartos muscle is innervated by sympathetic nerve & contraction ofdartosmuscle wrinkles the scrotum & reducing heat loss.

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  • The plantar fascia is a tough, rubber-band-like structure on the bottom of the foot.

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  • "You end up training fascia, which is not prepared for life, because life doesn't come at you right straight down the same vectors that the machines do."

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  • However the fascia, which is a tough membrane surrounding the muscle, won't allow the muscle to swell, causing pressure.

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  • The portion of fascia covering this fossa is perforated by the great saphenous vein and by numerous blood and lymphatic vessels, hence it has been termed the fascia cribrosa, the openings for these vessels having been likened to the holes in a sieve.

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  • Immediately lateral to the femoral vessels the iliac fascia is prolonged backward and medialward from the inguinal ligament as a band, the iliopectineal fascia, which is attached to the iliopectineal eminence.

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  • The body is ensheathed by fascia, which is continuous above with the fascia of Scarpa, and below with the dartos tunic of the scrotum and the fascia of Colles.

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  • But the fascia is the ground in which all causes of death do the destruction of life.

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  • And as the fascia is the best suited with nerves, blood, and white corpuscles, it is but reasonable to look for the part that is composed of the greatest per cent of fascia, and expect it, the germ, to dwell there for support and growth.

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  • And as all excressences and abnormal growths, diseases and conditions, must have the friendly assistance of the fascia before development; the fascia is the place to look for cause of disease and the place to consult and begin the action of remedies in all diseases, even though it be the birth of a child.

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