fascia[fas̸h′ē ə, fas̸h′ə; for 3, fā′shē ə, -s̸hə]
- Fascia is defined as a flat piece of material (usually made of wood) that covers the ends of rafters, or a sheath of fibrous tissue that covers muscles or organs.
- A flat piece of wood material covering the end of a rafter is an example of fascia.
- A sheath covering a muscle is an example of fascia.
nounpl. fasciae or fascias
- a flat strip; band; fillet
- an instrument panel or dashboard, as of an automobile
- a board over a shop front, bearing the proprietor's name, etc.
- Anat. a thin layer of connective tissue covering, supporting, or connecting the muscles or inner organs of the body
- Archit. a flat, horizontal band, esp. one of two or three making up an architrave
- Biol. a distinct band of color
Origin of fasciaClassical Latin a band, sash
- Anatomy A sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating, or binding together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body.
- A broad and distinct band of color.
- Architecture A flat horizontal band or member between moldings, especially in a classical entablature.
- The shape or styling of the front or rear end of an automobile.
- Chiefly British The dashboard of a motor vehicle.
Origin of fasciaLatin, band.
(plural fascias or fasciae)
- 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.
- A face or front cover of an appliance, especially of a mobile phone.
- A flat band or broad fillet; especially, one of the three bands which make up the architrave, in the Ionic order.
- A broad well-defined band of color.
- A band, sash, or fillet; especially, in surgery, a bandage or roller.
- A sash worn by certain members of the Catholic and Anglican churches.
- 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.
- (UK) A dashboard.
- The plural fascias is used for the first five definitions while fasciae is used for the sixth.