Fas"ci*a (?), n.; pl. Fasciae (#). [L., a band: cf. It. fascia. See Fasces, and cf. Fess.]


A band, sash, or fillet; especially, in surgery, a bandage or roller.

2. Arch.

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.

3. Anat.

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.

4. Zool.

A broad well-defined band of color.


© Webster 1913.

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